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7 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Search and Replace Utility v.laurie

Thanks for the information. This category is currently without an editor.

7 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager v.laurie

Thanks for the information. This category is currently without an active editor.

7 weeks 1 day ago Use this Free Utility to Help Make Your Windows Files Easier to Organize and Find v.laurie

File Meta enables a capability for certain metatags already built into Windows. You cannot create new ones with it. However, there are several useful editable fields that will be added to context menu. One is called "Comments" and gives you plenty of flexibility. Other useful ones are "Tags", "Subject", "Categories".

Hope that answered your question.

5 weeks 6 days ago How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up v.laurie

Is it only when you move the mouse that the PC wakes up? I am not sure why that would be a problem unless the PC wakes up when you are not there. Did you check the settings in the Logitech software? Otherwise, I don't have an answer to your problem but maybe another member can help.

4 weeks 19 hours ago How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up v.laurie

Unfortunately, we can't give this type of individual support in the comments. If you post your problem in the forum at, there will be knowledgeable people to help you.

3 weeks 6 days ago Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update v.laurie

I am certainly sorry to hear that you are having problems. From what you say I don't know what went wrong with your system. Removing it should be in Contriol Panel. Did you back up before installing EMET? Try posting your problem at the Microsoft EMET forum at You can also try our forum

I am not familiar with this tool but you can take a look at it.

3 weeks 19 hours ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC v.laurie

I have had no problems installing and using Belarc on several Windows 8.1 systems.

2 weeks 3 days ago Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors v.laurie

Malwarebytes on my system says the program is clean. Winaero is a well-known site. VirusTotal does raise one flag out of 54 scans but these false positives happen. Naturally, if you are uneasy about the program, you should skip it.

1 week 6 days ago Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors v.laurie

CursorFX is not compatible with Windows 8 according to the Stardock site.

1 week 2 days ago Easy Way to Open Safe Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 v.laurie

Doesn't work in Windows 7 and does not boot directly to Safe Mode in 8.1 but opens a screen where you can choose some troubleshooting options.

1 week 2 days ago Easy Way to Open Safe Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 v.laurie

It's a useful trick and worth knowing about.

1 year 23 weeks ago Microsoft Flight Simulator. It's Back And It's Free. Uto

Windows 7 is not required, only recommended. (
Download size is 1,804.00 MB.

1 year 30 weeks ago Want 100GB Of Free Cloud-Based Storage? UtkuB

I've already signed up for this offer and received my sign up email and currently uploading my data using Zoolz. I have to admit it is much better than i have expected.

They are sending patches every couple of hours for a number of people in the queue that is why the difference in the numbers @ nojmit mentioned.

1 year 29 weeks ago Want 100GB Of Free Cloud-Based Storage? UtkuB

No, you have signed up for "Zoolz Business" register for the zoolz free and wait for the email to get your 100 GB.

17 weeks 5 days ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. UserError

IMO, DiskCryptor the is the best free open-source option so far. In fact, it is an enhanced fork of TrueCrypt. Hopefully, it won't face the same problems and conspiracy theories its bigger brother had. It's a great piece of free software and a good alternative to former TC users.

15 weeks 2 days ago Use This Keyboard App When Sliding Is Faster Than Typing UserError

YEAH! The Android L keyboard works perfectly. Couple it with the 'material' skin and it's a winner. The swipe input method works great and there are lots of customization options.

A much better option than AOSP Keyboard or Google Keyboard. And it's free! FY!

4 days 6 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software UserError

If I may put my two cents in, Bitdefender free edition is not a good choice.

You have to download an installer -an offline intaller simply does no exist- and the installation needs several consecutive downloads even after the installation. The first definitions update takes a while and sometimes goes wrong, so the program forces you to start the updating process again. I know this because I tried installing bitdefender on different PCs from friends and relatives, so I can say the process isn't as smooth as you'd want.

The installer does not include an uninstaller, you have to download a third party one if you ever get bored (or annoyed) by Bitdefender. Also, you have 30 days to test the product, after that period you are forced you to create a free BitDefender account or login with facebook or G+ within the app to continue using the product.

IMHO, not the best of approaches.

1 year 8 weeks ago How to Repair Corrupt or Damaged Windows System Files with System File Checker uros

I have a problem whent a started an pc it shoved to press start windows normaly, safemode,safe mode with command prompt,last known good configuration and when i pressed evry one of them it showed up .Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change,might be the cause and this

Windows failed to load because a critical syset driver is missing or corupt and a bunch of other things and some status:oxcoooooof and after i press enter
choose an operating system to start.,or press
TAB to to select a tool then there is windows 7 to press and to press tab for windows memory Diagnostic and when i press enter again on wondows 7 it is back on the first page please help

1 year 23 weeks ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software UPflyer

Audacity, would be my recomendation. I am using Windows 7 64 bit, and an older version of Audacity (1.3)-No problems.
Simply import a copy of your MP3 file, Audacity will prompt you to do this or it will convert your original file. Click Export as WAV(to wherever you want to store it ). The process takes a few seconds.

1 year 8 weeks ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour undine

Thank's for the good tip.I have been doing this in the past with XXX. This is much easier to do. Would you happen to know where the registry key would be to change the background color of Windows File Explorer? Keep up the good work. Grady.

39 weeks 1 day ago Grinning Geckos (Wallpaper of the Week) Unc_Tarheel_4Ever

Thanks for sharing this wallpaper, got it on my desktop now & it's so cool. Also have to give you a shout out cuz that was the 1st time I'd visited that specific wallpaper site. It boogled my mind at the huge variety & quantity of HD wallpapers contained on that site where the geckos were. I added it to my customized browser start-up page instantly & am heading back there now to start exploring the site. Great Article & Post!!!

47 weeks 4 days ago Best Freeware Download Sites Unbravewintermute

I was wondering if and are worth adding to the list. Filehorse is very similar to filehippo and dowloadcrew is similar to without the proprietary downloader .

41 weeks 4 days ago Best Free DVD Authoring Software Unbravewintermute

I think it's worth noting that a fork DVD Flick has been made by new developer and includes many fixes and updates. The original developer seems to have abandoned it. Info: and here

51 weeks 3 days ago Save On Expensive Ink And Paper With A Free Browser Add-On Unanimous Cowherd

Very nice extension, though the ads would put me off.
Evernote has a great extension for Firefox and Chrome called "Clearly", which can be used for printing, though it is designed to aid long-form reading:

1 year 24 weeks ago Best Free Dictionary and Thesaurus Utility UltraCraig64

I would like to warn others about a little caveat with Wordweb, as a former user. The program itself is excellent, and from what I could tell, is completely worthy of its Gizmo's Freeware award. But there is a condition if one wishes to use the free version after 30 days. Let me share with you an excerpt from the Wordweb developers' site:

"WordWeb free version may be used indefinitely only by people who take at most two commercial flights (not more than one return flight) in any 12 month period. People who fly more than this need to purchase the Pro version if they wish to continue to use it after a 30-day trial period."

I had not previously read this, and answered truthfully that I had in fact taken more than two one-way flights in the past year. Now I can supposedly never use the free version again, because of my alleged contribution to global warming. A real shame. And for a strong political stance on an issue that I largely call into question, but that is neither here nor there. The point is that it is conditional freeware, so I just wanted others to keep this in mind. Well, at least I didn't tell any "fibs" come the trial's end. No moral dilemmas here! I would still highly recommend the product, although I plan to check out the other programs featured here for my own personal use. Wordweb's free version is sadly no longer an option for me. Maybe in future updates, the author of this review can include a disclaimer.

1 year 19 weeks ago Best Free Tune-up Program For Computer UltraCraig64

I've been having a great experience with Toolwiz Care for about a month now. I feel it actually trumps Iobit's product (I was a big fan in the past before I learned about the company from this site), and it's not from a shady company. I look forward to seeing what Toolwiz comes up with next.

39 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Online Backup Sites UltraCraig64

This article seems heavily outdated, so I wanted to bring light to some other free online backup services.

First, there is Mega. As in the Megaupload guys. Mega allows for a whopping 50gb of cloud storage space. There is end-to-end encryption, and if you lose your password, it's lost forever. Very secure. See what you guys think.

There is also Mediafire, which has been around for quite a few years now. You can get 10gb, and there is also a desktop app which makes the whole process more convenient. They also have mobile apps, so you can connect with multiple devices.

Then there is Surdoc, which offers 100gb of cloud storage space. Wow. They also have mobile apps, and encrypt the files, although I'm not sure of the specifics with that. offers 100gb as well, and also claims to provide some type of security with your files.

And lastly, offers 15gb of cloud storage space. They offer shareable storage space between different users and everything is syncable. They use Barracuda's cloud storage servers, which may provide extra security.

I hope this helps with updating the article. I would be very curious to know if the ones who offer more would come out ahead, or if the ones who offer less can compenstate for a lack of space with a competent user experience.

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

Hi, perused through most of the comments and haven't seen this yet, hoping you can help:

I already had Windows 7 on my laptop but HD crashed. Swapped it with a new one and when I started it back up it asked for a bootdisk. Downloaded a bootdisk to a USB, inserted it, and the laptop asked for a boot manager. I downloaded a boot manager iso, Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (32 Bit), but it's not working when I boot up--still getting the same error "BOOTMGR is missing..."

Any suggestions?

Thanks much,

30 weeks 17 hours ago Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program txtechie

I have tried many versions of Freemake and they all crash while loading MPEG2(ripped DVD using DVD Shrink) files (4-5 files around 4GB total). I've tried it on two different Windows 7 machines. Both crash. Five stars? Have not tried any of the older versions to see if that solves the issue.
My personal preference is MediaCoder. You must know a little about video formats and should invest some time on the website's Tips and Guides blog.

1 year 27 weeks ago Complementary Virus Scanner Adds Another Layer Of Security txeng

Interesting. However Virus Total did find 2 problems:
- Jiangmin found: TrojanDownloader.Generic.reb
- TrendMicro-HouseCall found: TROJ_GEN.F47V0120

Question: is the "60 second scanner" safe to use ?

1 year 26 weeks ago Complementary Virus Scanner Adds Another Layer Of Security txeng

Thanks MC.
Nevertheless, does anybody have evidence that these alerts are indeed "false positive" produced by Virus Total ?

1 year 26 weeks ago Complementary Virus Scanner Adds Another Layer Of Security txeng

Thank you mr6n8.
It looks now as a real mystery.

The software that I downloaded from BitDefender site is labeled "60Second.exe".
Here are results of my scan with VT - 2 hits.

However, I did find the software that you used "60Second_x86.exe" on a third party site. It came out clear on VT test.

Does anybody know what is going here?

1 year 26 weeks ago Complementary Virus Scanner Adds Another Layer Of Security txeng


Thank you both mr6n8 and MC for responding to my questions. In fact my own problem is solved, and I can try "60Second_x86.exe".

However, my long experience with Quality Management prevents me from stopping here, and I need to add the following comments, which are mainly addressed to MC - Site Manager.

While my problem was solved, other folks might fall in the same trap. We therefore need to take a Corrective Action [Quality Management term, but you'll see that it agrees with common sense].

One of several Corrective Actions can be taken:
[a] The original article might be amended with a link for downloading the full installer, as opposed to a "loader".
[b] An appropriate comment might be added to the original article.
[c] Any other action for accomplishing the same.

However, this is not the end yet. There is also a need for a Preventative Action [again, terminology]. Here we have to look across the board and see where else might we have the same or similar problem. In this respect, the Site Manager might be able to get the action going.

Not having expertise in software, I can only suggest that whenever one downloads a "loader" one has a great chance of negative results from scanning with VT. If this is right, the Site might, for instance, adopt a policy of only furnishing links to "installers" as opposed to "loaders". Naturally, there might be other ways to carry out the Preventative Action which are beyond my expertise.

Well, this is a long comment, but acting as indicated will clearly improve the reliability and quality of the Site, and its service to us, its users.

Regards, texeng

1 week 2 days ago Time To Review Who You've Granted Access To txeng

Great idea to publish this article. I'm sure that many folks like myself forgot all these permissions. Now we realize what's going.
Thanks, DM

1 year 32 weeks ago Free Computer & Internet eBooks Online twn

Security Engineering — The Book

It's beautiful. This is the best book on the topic there is’ - Bruce Schneier

1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free Android Apps twinkler

Thanks for this great list!

aContacts hasn't been updated in over three years and its Play listing says "Not fully compatible with Android 2.0"

34 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer twinkler

Thanks for your excellent survey of image viewers. I've been trying to decide between XnView and FastStone, but now I have another half-dozen to consider!

I thought I'd offer that Pictomio displays an ad banner along the bottom and hasn't been updated since 2012.

33 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer twinkler

Even though the website says kuView's portable, I couldn't find a portable version. When I installed the only version I found, I had to very carefully click the dim "Decline" button repeatedly to avoid getting other software installed along with it.

29 weeks 1 day ago Free Time-Saving Hints For Your Office Programs twinkler

MC, I've been a donating supporter of this site for many years. I'm deeply grateful to everyone who makes it happen, including you, and I understand the need to eliminate unnecessary work for the volunteers who kindly donate their time. As a user and promoter of freeware and open source software, I'm glad that this site focuses on noncommercial software.

However, I was surprised and uncomfortable to encounter the idea that we can't even MENTION the name of a commercial product during a discussion. This led me just now to review the forum & site rules ( Here's rule 18:

"References to commercial software : Members/visitors may refer to commercial products in either forum posts, or main site comments, but may not include links** to them. The content in such posts must be relevant to the topic being discussed, and not posted as an endorsement for promotional purposes, or discuss the features and abilities of a commercial product."

Please consider either revisiting your decision or updating the rules to reflect current practices. Many thanks!

7 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Search and Replace Utility twinkler

Thanks for these reviews. I see that the page for Replace Text says "Please note that Replace Text is no longer supported and has known problems with some Windows 7 installations."

1 year 3 weeks ago How to Restore the Google Chrome Browser New Tab Page to the Previous Appearance twigginsfl

Sweet! Thanks!

1 year 36 weeks ago A Critical Update For Java That You Must Install tweetiepooh

In the corporate world you may be stuck with older versions of JRE since that's what vendors certify there products with. And some are slower than others at moving forward. You get real fun when one has updated but others haven't. Then you can get conflicts if one vendor requires one version and another vendor specifies a different version.

49 weeks 4 days ago Five Really Simple Tricks and Tips that Solve a Lot of PC Problems tweetiepooh

Yup, a good old reboot oft works wonders. Sometimes just restarting the application can do the trick. Shame Windows needs this, remembering the 14 years up time on some of our non-MS servers. And when the technology to patch running kernels becomes more widespread, even less down time.

13 weeks 3 days ago Budding Muso? Get The Chords To Any Song On Youtube tweetiepooh

My account says it's free until 1 September

1 year 37 weeks ago Best Free Backgammon Software turgut good backgammon software. There is a free version with some restrictions.

1 year 15 weeks ago How to Create Your Own Custom Windows 8 Start Menu tuna

Ever since the advent of 'pinning' to the taskbar I unpin all & reload quick launch b/c I don't care for 'pinned' apps that can barely be distinguished between closed, minimized or multi instances. So I just add new toolbar pointed to the QL folder that never went away.

Same is true in 8 with the start menu, the folders are still there(and populate when new S/W loaded), it's just the links that were taken from us, the customers. So, new toolbar pointed to start menu gives me all the 'Programs'. Of course, I move the user items to the All Users folder for simplicity rather than link to both.

This does not give options for MY Comp, My Docs, Control Panel, etc in 1st Start Menu window, but shortcuts can be added to it...or to the QL toolbar.

User Start Menu
C:\Users\***your user name***\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

All Users Start Menu
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

If anyone is interested, User Quick Launch folder:
C:\Users\***your user name***\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

For extra shortcut goodness, you can right-click>Properties on your shortcuts and map custom CTRL+ALT+(any key) mappings for your fav apps. Soon you won't need Metro OR the Start Menu(but links need to be in SM folder or on Desktop for CTRL+ALT+(any key) functionality.

1 year 12 weeks ago Best Free Web Browser tuna

Gotta share my love for Waterfox. I like the customization aspect of Pale Moon, and it is faster than FF, but Waterfox opens and renders noticeably faster than Pale Moon for me. I use both regularly with separate, but identical, profiles. Am searching hi & low for new alts not dependent on the MozGoog agenda. The Old 5 are all untrustworthy, IMO. Getting ready to try Kmeleon, I am stuck on the simplicity of Live Bookmarks but fed up with all the over-engineering to influence/report/rig my "experience". I never considered I would live to see a fox jump a shark...

1 year 11 weeks ago Best Free Browser Scrubber tuna

Would someone please explain to me why it is after running latest CCleaner w/ FlashPlayer selected and after Control Panel>Flash Player has been "Delete All"ed that a 3yo, unmaintained flashcookiescleaner still finds and deletes multiple flash cookies? I'm a big fan of Pririform software, but this smacks of misleading advertising(go figure)... or am I missing something?

Is there a way to make CCleaner truly remove ALL flash cookies as advertised or must it be run in conjunction w/ a Flash cleaner?

***My browser is locked down and clears history w/ all selected when I close. I personally use NoScript and get NO cookies, but most people can't grok it so they disable it or call/text/email me frequently until I disable it for them.

1 year 32 weeks ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android tuananh1988

The best music app for android here:

The easiest way to access the largest music and video library from anywhere. Rather than selling you MP3s and music vidoes, vMusic lets you stream unlimited songs from a huge library with more than 15 Milion Songs and Videos.
- Search and play songs and videos
- Bookmark your farovite music videos
- Billboard music charts
- Save music to SD Card
- Song quality: 128 kbps and 320 kbps
- Share your favorite songs on Facebook and Twitter.
- Lyrics and Artist info

1 year 20 weeks ago How to Really Speed up File Copying in Windows tsuyoshiyasuda88

Hey guyz!!!
The fastest way to speed up your copy is by using ExtremeCopy. Download Here! Free and easy to use! I've been using it for 5 years now!!!

1 year 41 weeks ago Best Free Android Apps tsndnm

While loitering around Google Play I found this app called SURDOC. This is basically an online backup app. They are presently offering a ridiculous 100GB of storage for a year . So if anyone is looking for a temporary harddisk online you may want to give it a try. Though the survival of the service remains to be seen...

Note :
1. The 100 GB is available via the app store only.
2. Last date to get that much space seems to be 15-01-2013.
3. Only Almighty knows the catch behind?

1 year 37 weeks ago Best Free Web Browser tsndnm

Just came across an(other) open source browser (it is still in beta, and appears to be actively developed)

as per their homepage

xombrero is a minimalist web browser with sophisticated security features designed-in, rather than through an add-on after-the-fact. In particular, it provides both persistent and per-session controls for scripts and cookies, making it easy to thwart tracking and scripting attacks.

Hope it is worth your time...

1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Email Software tsndnm

Thunderbird Users who would like to connect to MS Exchange based accounts may want to try the ExQuilla extension. I (personally) think this extension reduced the gap between Thunderbird & M$ Outlook by miles!

1 year 15 weeks ago Memrise a new Language truthseeker57

I am sorry to have to make the comments I feel obliged to make, and my goal is not to offend, but merely to defend correct use of the English language.
I really feel that when publishing a public article, the least one can do is make the effort to use a spell checker, and in this case Microsoft Word, so as to avoid as serious an error as the use of the word 'manor' for 'manner' - that is inexcusable in my book, as it demonstrates that the concept that the writer has for the meaning and use of the word is fundamentally flawed. In the case of someone writing in a foreign language such an error would be more understandable, but I do not believe this to be the case here.
Additionally, if you were to try and translate this concept (the use of the word 'manor' for 'manner') into Spanish for example, this could lead to considerable confusion, as you would in the cited example be saying 'en una mansión satisfactoria' instead of 'en una manera satisfactoria' - perhaps you might agree that when looked at in this light this is not like a mistype or other such error, it means that what you have written is the actual mental concept you have of the word 'manner', and at the risk of repeating myself, this is a serious matter, at least for anyone who cares about the correct use of their language. In my case it makes me question the seriousness of the article being discussed, when this type of error appears in the very first paragraph.
Thank you for reading this.

1 year 15 weeks ago Memrise a new Language truthseeker57

I do appreciate the articles provided, however without wanting to split hairs, this is not a simple spelling mistake, or I would not have mentioned it. The fact is that not only those whose mother tongue is English read these articles. For their sake I feel that it is imperative that editors make sure that correct terminology is used. I am sure that you must appreciate how it makes you feel when you try and wade through a very badly translated manual for example, when one ends up totally confused? It is in order to mitigate the spreading of this tendency that I feel compelled to not allow even what appears to be a small error go unnoticed.
What makes this particular incident worthy of such attention is the fact that it is introducing an app that assists with memorizing a foreign language - if what is being said makes no sense in English, then how does the editor expect someone using a translator such as Google to read the article to understand what is being said? I think that I have gone out of my way to demonstrate that this was not a simple mistype - if you fail to appreciate the importance of correct use of the language in such articles, then that is your opinion. I personally find it offensive. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to respond, let's agree to disagree, but perhaps you might gently mention the points I made to the writer of this article with a view to perhaps opening his eyes to something that he may not even have considered. It may actually be helpful rather than destructive.
Thank you.
PS, I now see that the word has been corrected, for which I am appreciative, and on behalf of anyone else who might have been confused by the original text, thank you. The article now makes perfect sense and can be taken more seriously. I applaud you for your humble attitude and goodwill - that is what might make this world a better place for all of us.

1 year 14 weeks ago Memrise a new Language truthseeker57

Hello Nick, thank you for taking the time to respond in person, I was starting to lose patience with the poster who had been defending you, and I am really glad that you show a greater understanding of the point I was trying to make than he, 'nuff said. In case anyone is about to raise their finger to accuse me of racism, I have the same attitude toward my own errors in whichever country I happen to be endeavouring to learn the language, whether it be France or Spain or anywhere else, I have done my level best to learn the language as best as I am able and learn from those willing to correct my mistakes out of respect for their language.
I am glad that you are able to acknowledge the error, and that you have shown yourself open to constructive criticism. That is one way to grow...
I'll probably never have a manor either, I suppose with things as they are we are lucky to have a roof over our heads. All the best.


1 year 38 weeks ago How & Why to switch from Yahoo! Mail to GMail Truthiness

Yahoo MailPlus Is A RIPOFF >:(

They force you to buy their stoooopid Yahoo Mail Plus that costs $20 per account when Gmail will let people use POP for free. I can't even forward from one Yahoo address to another without paying $20 for each account! $40 isn't much for most people, but I'm unemployed right now and living hand to mouth. Feels like I've got a ball and chain tethering me to my old email address. And they just barely introduced an SSL option to their email service!!!! Cut the crap Yahoo >:(

1 year 31 weeks ago Best Freeware Download Sites triumphantjohnson

i love this website, and i think am rich now.

27 weeks 19 hours ago Future Learn: Learning For Life (Website of the Week) Triggers Broom

Hey . . . .

When you bring stuff to the table, you can criticise. Otherwise keep a lid on

Thanks again Rhiannon; well worth investigating

48 weeks 4 days ago CryptoLocker: Beware This Major Threat To Your PC trcres

I don't know how often they get involved in issuing malware alerts, but even the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), part of the Department of Homeland Security, has issued an alert about Cryptolocker.

1 year 35 weeks ago Best Free Disk Space Analyzer tratak

This is, in my opinion, the best disk space analyzer:

2 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Media Center Software transitman

Hi people, I am a bit of a noddy on software but would really like to find a free alternative to Windows media center.
my chief reason for wanting it is to copy tv programmes to the computer
I have tried xbmc but got lost in the process and could not understand the answers in other posts. As i said, a noddy!

hope someone can help

20 weeks 1 day ago Create Computer-Generated Music On Your PC TranceTip

SoundHelix 0.7.1 has been released. See

1 year 18 weeks ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

That's something interesting you bring up - I've done some research, and figured out that the AVRCP 1.3 profile is not yet supported natively on android. What device do you have? Some device makers have added support, so your device probably has added support. To put it simply, not all devices with the latest version of android support that, which makes it hard for app developers to use that feature. Google has planned to add AVRCP 1.3 support in API level 18 (the next major version of android), which should be out within the next month or so. Then, depending on your device, it will probably take a while until you get that update.
Long story short, if you wait until your device gets updated to Android 4.3 or 5.0 (at the moment no one is sure what will come out next), there will be more more apps supporting it - and they'll probably support it better.

1 year 6 weeks ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

Moboplayer and MX Player are more like media players - they can play music files, but they can't really be used to organize anything. I've reviewed them here: As to the other app you mentioned, that's a paid app (the trial version is for 15 days only), and I'm only covering free apps.

49 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

In case you still are subscribed to replies to your comment, Android 4.3 has support for AVRCP 1.3, and I am 95% sure that MixZing supports it. As I don't have access to a car with AVRCP 1.3 Bluetooth support, I can't test it like that, but when I connect my device to my computer (windows) via bluetooth to play music through it, music information pops up, and I am 95% sure that this is going through the AVRCP 1.3 protocol.

32 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

Thanks for your feedback.
To your first point: I'll check it out, it looks interesting, especially looking at its tablet interface (and seriously, there are way too few apps apps with decent tablet interfaces...)
Second: Exactly what country the firm comes from is less relevant - which is why I said I didn't know exactly what language it was. The problem remains, which is that it doesn't work well in English.
Third: I was sort of figuring that VLC was more of a media player - and if it isn't a music player in that sense, I won't post the review here, but maybe in the Best Free Media Player article ( ).

31 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

Hi, and sorry for the delay. From the way I understood it, you plan on having your music files organized into folders, and you want to be able to play all music files in a folder in the proper order. I'm also going to assume you're using Windows. You'll just have to make sure you call the music files something like "01 intro", "02 second track", etc., so that the music player knows what order to play them in - if you're using Windows Media Player, you can have that done automatically in most cases. On your phones, transferring music is very simple - just plug your phone into the computer with the USB cable, and your phone should ask you to connect "USB Mass Storage", together with a picture of an android with one of its arms turned into a USB plug. If that doesn't come up, disconnect your phone, go into settings (on your phone), and into "Storage". Press your phone's menu button, and the choose "USB computer connection" (it could be slightly different - it just has to be something along those lines). You should have a window pop up which says "Connect as..." - and make sure "Mass Storage" or "USB mass storage" or something like that is checked (MTP or PTP should not be checked). Then reconnect your phone, and then the "USB Mass Storage" with the Android picture will come up. Click "USB Mass Storage", and then after a bit of time (not more than a minute), it will pop up on your computer just like a memory stick. After that, you can just copy over the files the way you would onto a memory stick (don't forget to safely remove the phone the way you would with a memory stick). As to the app itself, Mixzing has a folder browser. Another app I've heard of from other editors here is Folder Music Player ( ). You can give that one a try if you want, as well - although I haven't tried it myself yet. If you're just looking to play the music by album, you can use pretty much any music player on the list, whereas Winamp is one of the simpler music players.
Let me know if you run into any issues.

27 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

That's odd, I have the same thing going on here. I'll have to look into it.

23 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

Well WinAmp has a good chance of coming back, since they were taken over by another company, and that company seems to be wanting to continue development. As to songbird, official development seems to be dead for good (I could be wrong). However, it's open source, so anyone could "fork" it (basically create their own version), and continue to make their own songbird app. If you knew or learned how to fork repositories, code, and build apps yourself, than there would be nothing preventing you from creating your own songbird app. At this point, I'm not finding much on Google Play, and I have my doubts as to whether someone will properly take up development, since the app didn't have too much that was special. However, it is possible - a great example is Astrid - as soon as it was shut down, forks appeared everywhere on Google Play.

23 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

Ah OK thanks, I'll edit that soon. The 40MB are how it used to be, now it's more like 20MB.

18 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

As to WMA files, unless the developer added his own codecs, it's device dependant - so, assuming the app doesn't have any extra codecs, if your device supports WMA files, the app will work with WMA files, and if your device doesn't support WMA files, the app won't work with WMA files. Otherwise, Pretty much all apps offer playlists, and both Rocket Music Player and MixZing have folder-based browsing.

15 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Media Player for Android trainman261

Well, I'd have to know a little more about your setup to know exactly what you need, because there are several different possibilities when it comes to accessing devices or files across the network. I have not (yet) tried Samba Player, so I'm not too familiar with it, but it seems to be using the SMB, or Samba system. Assuming that's the case, DicePlayer, an app I have not reviewed here yet, is able to do that. However, I have not gotten it to work yet (although I haven't tried too hard at this point either). But you can go ahead and try it, it could well work for you.
However, if you want a surefire way to make it work (no guarantees, though) - and want the hardware acceleration MX Player offers, you can use ES File Explorer, and when you open a video, it will ask you which app you want to open it with. There, you can choose MX Player, and set it as default, if you want - or you can choose whatever other video player is listed there, if you prefer a different one. Of course, the app has to be installed if you want to be able to choose it when you open the video file.

14 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Media Player for Android trainman261

OK, well I guess I'm not the only person having issues with it.

13 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

That's a good setup - if you always have a good internet connection, which many don't. That's why this section is about music players and organizers - it's about finding apps that can play music and also organize parts of your library if need be. UPnPlay would belong to a different category of apps.

13 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

I've just looked at the play store listing of JetAudio Basic, and while it might be worth a closer look, it's still missing some features, such as tag editing, an expanded notification bar, or multi-select.

13 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

I'm not a fan of Apple either - that's why this article is discussing Android apps. Playlists are not some system that only Apple uses, it's used almost universally in different formats, and just about every music player supports playlists. Not everyone has time to organize their music into folders, and even if they do - then they only have their music sorted one way. Some people like it sorting their music in folders, others don't. If you don't like Apple, do what millions of others have done: switch to Android. Then you can take a look at some of the apps I've covered, many of which support folder-based playback.

13 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

Some players do differentiate between "proper" music and podcasts. Rocket Music Player and Cloudskipper both do this.
As to the album art, everyone has their preferences - although I don't think most people "[sit] there staring at the screen as it plays music". Instead, they use it as a visual cue. It is a lot easier to recognize an image, than to recognize text. That's one of the reasons why I like to have my albums with album art. However, if you really dislike album art, I haven't really found an app that ignores album art (and don't remember ever having used one) - that isn't just among the apps listed here, I've tried many others that I either have chosen not to review or haven't reviewed yet.
If you're looking for excluding folders from being in your music apps, you should try StudioKUMA .nomedia Manager ( ). You can mark folders to be excluded from Android's media scanner, which means the media they contain won't appear in most music players.

13 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

I've just taken a look at the play store listing. It seems to have some interesting features, but it locks the folder-based browsing, tag editing and some other features are locked after 10 days of use unless you buy a key to unlock them.

12 weeks 6 days ago Livedrive Users, You Need To Read This. trainman261

Thanks for posting this here, it's very good to know.

11 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

I did take a look at it recently, and I am considering including it in the review. The interface is beautifully designed, and it also has Shoutcast radio support. It also has an interesting online feature, which lets you listen and even put together playlists with online music. It doesn't have full tag editing support, though, and it doesn't have a way to properly automatically generate playlists based on what you want in the way Rocket does, for example.

6 weeks 5 days ago How to Ask Android to Skip My Media Folders trainman261

If you don't know where they are on your storage but found the sounds in your music library, you should be able to use your music player to find where those sounds are. Rocket Player ( ) can do this. If you're using Rocket Player, long-press the sound in your library, and click "Edit Tag". (You can read more about Rocket Player at .) That will open the Tag editor, and near the top of the tag editor, you will find the location of the sound. Then, you can go into the .nomedia manager, and mark the folder the sound is in. Once you've done that, the sound shouldn't be in your music library anymore after you restart your device.

1 year 30 weeks ago Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program tpg

Dear "Tape Guy"; as the new moderator for this forum, let me welcome you. I've been re-writing this article only because I wanted to add a few new programs. While I do like FREEMAKE and find it a good fit for what you want to do, when it comes to creating the DVD, I find it lacking in two areas. First, the level of menu options is low, but more importantly, it won't actually burn your DVD ... it just makes an ISO ... and frankly, I don't want the hassle of sitting around waiting for the formatting to finish, and then starting the burn process. To me, they should all be integrated (and YES, I acknowledge that it's a personal preference). Thus, for DVD's I like DVD Styler

I find it handles all the formats I've thrown at it, and it burns the DVD when done. I'll be including it in the new re-write that is in work now.

cheers ... and thanks for using Gizmo.


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

And "your welcome !!" I fell in love w/ gizmo many years ago and use it all the time. Just recently I needed an SSH client and again, gizmo came through.



1 year 12 weeks ago Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program tpg

You are correct ... thanks for bring it to my attention. I have reached out to the author to see if they will fix this issue.

34 weeks 19 hours ago A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small tp

I think the point that is being made is this isn't recording a video of your actions, it is recording the actual actions. As such, when you play it back, any mouse clicks, keyboard presses happen again on your machine. So if things like applications, files, etc aren't in the same place/state that they were when the recording was made, the playback will likely be different as well and could lead to unintended consequences. I feel the write-up on this is poor in that it does not mention any of this.

34 weeks 15 hours ago A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small tp

Good to know. But as this article is about a Windows based application, it should be noted that Simple Screen Recorder is not an alternative given there doesn't appear to be a Windows version of that available - Linux only.

34 weeks 12 hours ago A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small tp

I had been using CamStudio ( but this one looks interesting, especially the ability to personalize your recordings by embedding input from a camera in the recording. I'll have to check it out.

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I believe you can simple use "Ctrl + V" without changing any cmd prompt properties. Just another way to get to the same place.

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Emsisioft have taken steps to reduce false +ves by replacing Ikarus with Bitdefender. However, all scanning software is prone to produce some incorrect results and I would always advise to scan any suspicious files with VirusTotal before deleting them.

All the best,


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I still cannot upgrade to Outlook - I'm not very impressed as it has been 10 days since my first, of many, attempts! ;-(

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MBAM has now been updated.

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I clicked on the link and now I'm stuck on the website! ;-)

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This article no longer has an editor and therefore, the content has become outdated.
Regarding Chrome, it is beyond the remit of this category - Best Free Web Browser - to investigate Google.


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I thought IObit products were no longer to be trusted after the MBAM saga a few years ago and that they were persona non grata on this site? I notice their WOT rating is green, but would appreciate feedback regarding trusting their current software.

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Am I right in thinking that the zebra crossing on the Abbey Road album cover no longer exists? The original was 'moved' to its present position sometime ago - not sure if it was for safety reasons!