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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Am back to using Qihoo 360 IS, and it's been excellent. Excellent independent lab test results, very light on resources and clean installer (which is not the case with most free antiviruses). The Total security version is too much for me, as it also includes Avira engine excluding the BitDefender engine, which is not needed for me. But overall, a perfect suite.

Moreover, it's good to see that Avira is offering a clean installer, which was not the case in the past. And also it's lab results are among the best.

Had to switch from Panda as it was slowing down my system to a crawl :(

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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Qihoo is not a bad choice at all. I'm also happy to hear it's light on your system. From what I have heard Panda is generally light as well. However, the heaviness of an AV is always, to an extent, system specific. Thus, you may find that when you get a new computer it is Panda that is lighter and Qihoo which is heavier.

Thank you.

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4 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Honestly I expected Panda to be lightweight considering it being cloud antivirus. But the results just mirrored the lab tests at AV-Test with Panda rated lowest in performance, and lower than other Free antiviruses at AV-Comparatives for performance.

But like you said, it also depends from system to system.

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1 week 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software mrmxyzpltk

FYI, I just visited the Comodo site using the link provided in the article. Download page states that Comodo free AV is for "Operating System: Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista", but nothing about WinXP. So I would not put it down to a computer problem - it's the second time this week I've run into this situation (I have a laptop and desktop w/XP, a desktop w/8.1). I'm sure that this will increasingly be the case, and wonder how many of the other AVs listed in the article no longer support XP. (No disrespect meant to the author - things change quickly.)

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

Update: It seems that the company has switched from 360 Internet Security (IS) and is favoring the Total Security (TS) version, as the last IS version dates back to January.

So far 360 Total Security has been amazing for me. Works great as an antivirus and as a total security suite.

Great performance, high detection, better zero day expolits (registry, files & system protection), keylogger detections, support and frequent updates, makes it awesome.

By the way am using only the BitDefender engine, but even with Avira engine enabled it still seems very light. But I don't wanna go around and update Avira engine, so not using it.

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1 week 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Thank you very much for pointing this out to me, and I very much do encourage that any reader who notices an issue brings it to my attention. I do keep track of all issues reported, and, if possible, these will be addressed as soon as possible.

For this situation, I have edited the Quick Selection part to now explain this situation. There is an issue where there are significant limitations to Windows XP x64. These are such that if you are running the 64 bit edition I would advise that you use a different AV instead. However, Windows XP x32 should work fine.

Please let me know if this answers your question, or if you have noticed any other issues. Anything you can bring to my attention would be appreciated.

Thank you.

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1 week 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software darrin71

Good Day A ! Hi George.J ! I am a current user of 360 IS and am considering switching to 360 TS for support reasons as you know. I'm curious if you could tell me more about your experience with 360 TS compared to 360 IS regarding detection rate, resource usage, boot up time, scan time, and how well 360 TS plays with other software, such as MBM and SAS. Thanks for the info.! D.

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1 week 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software BroKen

Your warning: "Take care to avoid the default inclusion of the Chrome browser and OpenCandy during the install process by using the custom install option" (accessed 2014-08-24). That has been bothering me. :)

It would be very unusual to be given the option to reject OpenCandy. What you can reject are the downloads suggested by OpenCandy, but those come only AFTER OpenCandy itself has been installed, assigned you a permanent identifier, snooped through your stuff, phoned home info about your computer, your software, your geolocation, etc. It then selects downloads based on that info and on its previous interactions with you.

Last I checked, the user could avoid OpenCandy by not including the Software Updater component when installing avast or by removing it later. Note that Software Updater is not the avast updater.

the other thing: The OpenCandy offers are not made, or not only made, during the installation of avast. They come when the Software Updater functions, as long as it is installed.

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1 week 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software sicknero

According to Open Candy's own information, the OC component itself installs nothing on your system unless you accept one of the bundled offers. I've checked this for myself and it's true.

What happens is that when you run an installer that includes OC, the installer runs a dll which activates the bundled offers.

If you refuse all the offers then the dll is terminated and deleted after the original installer completes and nothing is left behind. I've also tested this for myself.

However, if you accept any of the offers then OC will install an auto-updater along with whatever offer you accepted.

The OC dll will "phone home" anyway, unless you block it, with the following information;

"A. Operating system version and language, country location and timezone of the computer running the installer, and the language of the developer’s installer
B. That the developer’s installer was initiated, and whether it was completed or canceled
C. Whether any third-party recommendations were made and if so, whether they were accepted or declined
D. If a third-party recommendation was accepted, whether the recommended app’s installer has been downloaded and the installer initiated
E. That the recommended third-party installer was initiated, and whether it was completed or canceled."

Note that the OC dll can be intercepted and blocked anyway, by programs like CIS.

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1 week 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software BroKen

Not sure why anyone would be comforted by the fact that the dll is removed, when (1) the snooping has already been done at that point, (2) it leaves a permanent identifier on the computer, what OpenCandy used to call a "non-reversible identifier" [link with bad WOT rating removed as per site rules], and (3) its dossier on you is kept remotely.

Thus it is, or was, FALSE that "nothing is left behind."

In any case, you are describing the typical case in which OpenCandy comes with an INSTALLER. This is NOT the case with avast.

The dll is in fact NOT removed in the case of avast (not that it matters). You may "verify" that via the avast forum thread linked above. It remains and gets triggered repeatedly by avast's Software Updater component (which is something akin to the Secunia Personal Software Inspector).

Sophisticated users can block OpenCandy, certainly, but those are likely not the users seeking recommendations for free anti-virus programs. Also, the presence of OpenCandy gives insight into the values and ethics of the avast company.

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1 week 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software BroKen

LOL. The link removed in the paragraph below because of the bad WOT rating was to OpenCandy's FAQ; accessed accessed 2011-03-27.

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1 week 21 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

Although you might like to think it's funny, our site rules are designed to protect visitors from potentially harmful links. Of course there are grey areas and situations when having a bad WOT rating does not present a hazard, but once we begin to make exceptions the whole system becomes meaningless. We do however expect members to read the rules before posting and abide by them for the benefit of the community. MC - Site Manager.

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1 week 14 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software BroKen

The comic element was the entrance of WOT in this particular conversation, in a rebuttal of the claim that OpenCandy is benign. The opportune arrival of reinforcements. I apologize for the unclarity.

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6 days 8 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software sicknero

I got the joke and enjoyed the irony too : )

I stand by my comments re; OC in general but fair cop, I hadn't properly looked into the situation with Avast in particular.

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1 year 23 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover AJNorth

Malwarebytes have released the first beta version of their dedicated stand-alone anti-rootkit application, Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit (MBAR) -- http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/mbar/. They have a detailed discussion at http://blog.malwarebytes.org/news/2012/11/meet-malwarebytes-anti-rootkit/ .

Ghacks.net also have a brief discussion -- http://www.ghacks.net/2012/11/11/malwarebytes-anti-rootkit-beta-is-out/?....

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1 year 33 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover Chiron

Can you please see if Comodo Cleaning Essentials (CCE) would be well suited for inclusion in this article? It's already featured in the article about the Best Free Trojan Scanner and Remover:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-trojan-scanner-trojan-remover.htm
but it also appears to be quite good at finding rootkits.

Thanks.

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1 year 33 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover arcedo

Hi all! It seems that F-Secure's website doesn't provide BlackLight any more.

Provided link redirects to http://www.f-secure.com/en/web/home_global/internet-security that is other product and it's not free. I have found a valid download link here: http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/F-Secure-BlackLight-Rootkit-Detect... (it's a beta).

Thanks & regards!

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1 year 33 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover MidnightCowboy

Thank you for the link. We would not advise the use of beta software in this category though for anything other than testing on a spare machine. MC - Site Manager.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover AJNorth

Bitdefender Labs have released a free rootkit remover tool -- http://labs.bitdefender.com/projects/rootkit-remover/rootkit-remover/.

Martin Brinkmann has a brief review article at Ghacks.net -- http://www.ghacks.net/2013/02/07/bitdefender-releases-rootkit-remover-to....

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1 year 27 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover Paxmilitaris

Why no mention of Vba32arkit?

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1 year 27 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover MidnightCowboy

This is beta software with a very sporadic development cycle and therefore not recommended. MC - Site Manager.

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1 year 21 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover AJNorth

TechRepublic have published an article many will find worthwhile, "Rootkit coders beware: Malwarebytes is in hot pursuit" (2013.03.18) -- http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/security/rootkit-coders-beware-malwareb... .

Though Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit is still in beta, an updated version has been released -- http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/mbar/ .

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1 year 21 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover AJNorth

Dr.Web CureIt! 8 on-demand virus scanner has been released - http://www.freedrweb.com/cureit/?lng=en . A favorable review by Martin Brinkmann at Ghacks.net can be found at http://www.ghacks.net/2013/04/06/dr-web-cureit-8-on-demand-virus-scanner... .

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46 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover RockyStunner

1) How can we know if some process is downloading something in the background silently ?

2)How to Identify which Process is downloading something in the background ?

3) How to track at what locations what files are being downloaded (other than the one which we choose to download at a particular location or the ones that we can usually see in the download managers etc.)

4) We can use the software like OpenedFilesView(http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/opened_files_view.html) which can give us an insight of which files are actively locked and being changed with the size, but one needs to be an expert to track what is happening.
So is there any software which can give us a realtime view of which process is downloading what thing from which site and downloading it to what location? (I feel Firewall does not give indepth information). This can help us find the Trojan/rootkit activities or the malicious softwares updating itself in the background or adding up space on our harddisk silently in the background without our notice.

Any Expert input on this will be highly appreciated.
Thanks in Advance :)

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45 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover AJNorth

TDSSKiller has been updated to v3.0.0.14 (2013.10.15)

Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit has been updated to v1.07.0.1007-Beta (2013.10.07).

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48 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Intrusion Prevention and Detection Utility for Home Use (HIPS) Paxmilitaris

About MJ Registry Watcher:

How can you write "Installation is not required, simply run the program from whichever directory you un-zip it to." and then "There is no portable version of this product available."?

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48 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Intrusion Prevention and Detection Utility for Home Use (HIPS) MidnightCowboy

Thank you for pointing this out. The wrong box was ticked when it was entered into our products database. MC - Site Manager.

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8 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Intrusion Prevention and Detection Utility for Home Use (HIPS) SkuterB

This may be old news to some here, but it was news to me today.
WinPatrol has apparently been sold to Ruiware.
According to the WinPatrol site, nothing will change and the new owner says he plans to continue as before.

I was aware Mr. Pytlovany has had some personal issues, I thank him for everything and wish him the best....

SkuterB

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8 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Intrusion Prevention and Detection Utility for Home Use (HIPS) MidnightCowboy

Alliances and takeovers happen all the time in this industry and we as consumers are mostly unaware of them. Bill has always been upfront with his development objectives however and Bret Lowry appears to be in the same mould. You can read the product statement here. MC - Site Manager.

http://billpstudios.blogspot.com.br/2014/06/winpatrol-generation-ii.html

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1 year 30 weeks ago Best Free Income Tax Filing Software and Service howiem

Here's an online tax calculator I came across the other day. Have not had time to test it.
http://www.completetax.com/income-tax/calculators/federal.asp

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1 year 3 weeks ago Best Free Memory Optimizer parjanya

i use giant matrix Memory washer... its nice
do check it out

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1 year 3 weeks ago Best Free Memory Optimizer kendall.a

This product does appear to be free and the site is green (WOT). However, if you check out their FAQ, it states that for support you need to go to their forum. When you go to their forum, you will find 0 posts. Yes, there are absolutely no posts in their forum. I assume that this means that this is a brand new company and we know very little about them. And, I doubt you're going to get much support from a blank forum. So, just beware if you decide to download this software.

I would strongly suggest running this installer through Jotti or Virustotal.

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1 year 3 weeks ago Best Free Memory Optimizer parjanya

@ kendall.a

what you say is right but i am using this product for a long time... i have old pc 512 ram and i do programming,and Photoshop so i need to clean ram constantly....

what you say about forum is fine... how care weather they give support or not. you can never ask much from freeware..the main thing is they are giving it for free..

worst come to worst scenario i terminate the program if it gives me trouble or simply uninstall it and find better alternative...

2 thing i want from freeware is that:
1) They should be completly FREE...no strings attached
2) should not contain any virus or malicious code

this program is really great and haven't given me any trouble but i agree that there maybe better alternatives

i just felt like sharing with others what i use and i wasn't in your list

please don't feel bad and forgive me if i am offending
parjanya

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39 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Memory Optimizer wsalew

Does anyone tried this clean memory app?
http://www.koshyjohn.com
Using it for about a year and im satisfied with it, so i would be glad for some "professional opinion" about this software.

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39 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Memory Optimizer kendall.a

The site has a green WOT rating and he has 3 software programs that all appear to be free. In fact, at least 2 of them, for me, appear interesting. Both the memory cleaner and desktop search program look to be possibly worth testing.

Unfortunately, I don't have the time right now to test either of them. Maybe, someone else can or will?!

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29 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Memory Optimizer texastechy

CleanMem - very useful. I waited too long to install this since reading the "Special Note" near the top of this article... about windows 7 optimizing memory well, and third party Ram managers not being needed. (not true)

I'm happy to report that my Ram use after installing CleanMem on my Win7 64bit PC has shown a marked improvement. Now that I have 8 gb of ram it's not the issue it used to be. But it's always irritated me that certain programs use so much ram and don't seem to release it. Before installing CleanMem my free ram would remain in the 3-4 gb range. Now it's staying in the 5+ gb range even with many apps running. Apparently CleanMem DOES make a difference. I'm not going to tell you it's needed. You'll need to decide that. But it does work if you're looking to free up Ram use.

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29 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Memory Optimizer William2

CLEANMEM also increases overall system performance.

Read this:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/windows-7-memory-usage-whats-the-best-way...

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1 year 23 weeks ago Best Free Process Viewer ploubert

Just an update for the top pick (System Explorer) seems to have moved to http://systemexplorer.net/ the above links no longer work. ;-)

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1 year 23 weeks ago Best Free Process Viewer Anupam

Thanks a lot :)... now corrected.

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1 year 10 weeks ago Best Free Process Viewer Collier

please remove System explorer link
I just downloaded and it was packaged with programmes which i cannot now remove!!!

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1 year 10 weeks ago Best Free Process Viewer Anupam

I just installed it on my own computer, and there is nothing bundled with it. Are you sure it came from this software? I think it might have come from somewhere else.

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1 year 2 weeks ago Best Free Process Viewer Rocky Scott

System Explorer (SE) failed to list a DLL that was successfully listed by both Process Hacker (PH) and Process Explorer (PE).

I tested all three of the programs at least three times each, ensuring that only one of the programs was installed at a time. Yes, I repeatedly installed and uninstalled each program (although PE is never really installed, you just run the .exe.). I never closed Excel or Chrome (they are both running right now). The results were the same each time: SE failed to find the DLL, and both PH and PE worked perfectly. I was careful not to download adware at the same time.

Because SE is unreliable, I have settled on PH over PE for two reasons:
1. PH allows you to track more than one process at a time, e.g., I can track concurrently, and in real-time, in separate windows side-by-side, the modules used by both Excel and Chrome.
2. PH is open-source through SourceForge.net.

A little more background:
I tested the programs in two scenarios:
1) The DLL remained loaded for a minute or more.
2) The DLL was quickly loaded and then unloaded. (Deactivating the sheet with the UDF's that called the DLL triggered the VBA "End" statement).

Both PH and PE indicated the DLL being loaded and unloaded as expected. SE failed to see the DLL at all, ever. Even when the DLL was loaded for only a fraction of a second, PH and PE showed the DLL loading and unloading by highlighting the DLL green and then red and then gone.

Specifics:
Windows 7
Excel 2007
DLL that was not caught by SE: Refprop.DLL (a fluid properties DLL from NIST that is loaded via VBA Declare statements and called using VBA User-Defined (worksheet) Functions)

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46 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Process Viewer BrollyLSSJ

Maybe "Yet Another (remote) Process Monitor" can also be tested. It seems to also allow remote management.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/yaprocmon/ & http://yaprocmon.sourceforge.net are the web sites.

Maybe Extended Free Task Manager is also a look worth.

http://www.extensoft.com/?p=free_task_manager

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43 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Process Viewer johnvk

reiterating, process hacker links is old, v1. There's a v2. Perhaps v2 has not been evaluated in the article. But it's download link is http://sourceforge.net/projects/processhacker/files/processhacker2/ and the .zip is portable (non-install) binaries, while the -setup.exe is regular full install.

processhacker-2.32-src.zip < 23 hours ago 2.6 MB
processhacker-2.32-setup.exe < 23 hours ago 1.9 MB

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1 year 17 weeks ago Best Free Digital Photo Organizer bolide

Another free digital photo organizer to consider - BonAView:
http://www.highmotionsoftware.com/products/bonaview

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47 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Digital Photo Organizer kastaldi

Hi ! I have a Sony RX100 that uses Sony .ARW files and Picasa still doesn't handle this format unlike the excellent FastStone viewer. Moreover, Picasa keeps on converting everything to JPEG, even lossless formats, and quality degrades soon. I'm used to use Picasa to manage my photos because of its integration with Picasa Web Albums and Facebook but lately this is more of a nuisance.

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42 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Digital Photo Organizer shnbwmn

I'm sticking with Faststone; it's hands down the best choice. Tried digiKam ... and it was really slow and kept crashing when opening RAW files. Might be good on Linux, but a no-no on Windows.

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42 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Digital Photo Organizer kastaldi

After some weeks using the RX100 I found out that the best free software to manage ARW files is Sony RAW Converter. The problem is that Faststone is compatible with ARW files but there are many camera settings that only Sony can manage. Moreover, Faststone doesn't read some specific EXIF tags such as scene mode so you must use Sony (or Exiftool). Anyway Faststone is still #1.

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2 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Digital Photo Organizer Misty27

Note to the reviewer, v.laurie.
The summary for XnView says there's no portable version. That's incorrect.
There are portables from the developer for the "classic" version & also the newer XnViewMP.
The new (still beta) "MP" version also has a 64 bit (.

There's also a portable of the classic version available from http://portableapps.com/apps.

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2 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Digital Photo Organizer v.laurie

Misty27, thanks for the information. This category has no editor at the moment and I am just a caretaker. However, I will change the statement about no portable version.

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1 day 12 hours ago Best Free Digital Photo Organizer richtea

Re: Windows Live Photo Gallery
"Needs Windows Live sign up"
Never did.

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher supanut

Rocketdock is great, but after I reformatted my PC, I felt too lazy to install it, Windows 7's superbar is great with jumplists similar to OSX's dock (although less customizable). For me the Windows 7 taskbar is more than enough, the higher your screen resolution is, the more that can fit on the taskbar.

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher oblivion

If you don't want the customisation facilities that things like RocketDock provide, and your workflow doesn't need anything above and beyond the facilities offered by Windows itself, then of course you're not going to find a third-party launcher useful.

RocketDock is a nice compromise between eye candy, customisability and functionality and we will continue to recommend it for people who need what it offers!

Your point, though, is well made: none of these things are more than a shortcut to things Windows can already do without their help.

(But if it's okay with you, I LIKE being able to customise my systems in this way, and I usually feel slightly hamstrung if I have to work with a system without the enhancements I routinely use -- which is one of the reasons I tend to prefer the portable options here!)

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher supanut

I have to agree with those points. Rocketdock is indeed the greatest, as I've seen it featured in almost all Windows - Mac transformation packs/tutorials.
Also one unique feature is that I can pin specific files to Rocketdock while the Windows 7 taskbar can't!
Although, I may decide to install Rocketdock later, if I feel that I want something cool for my desktop.
One question, are any of these still in development? Rocketdock I think has no updates for several years and it kinds of becoming outdated.

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1 year 23 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Geert

Hi oblivion,
A year ago you wrote you were evaluating Executor (http://executor.dk/).
Why hasn't it made the list, so far?
I've been a long term user of SlickRun (and other key command based launchers), but some years ago I exchanged it for Executor and I'm still very happy with that decision.
It's certainly worth a spot in this list!

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1 year 23 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Mike C

I second this motion. One of the greatest things about Executor is that it can be made truly portable from system to system.

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1 year 23 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher oblivion

Sure -- although several of the launchers featured here are also available in portable form.

While I agree that Executor is a good example of its type, it doesn't seem to be under active development and I struggled to find anything on the website clarifying the license under which it's released.

I will reinvestigate, however, since it seems to have at least a couple of enthusiastic users. :)

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1 year 23 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Geert

>> it doesn't seem to be under active development
You seem to be right.
However,
- SlickRun isn't under active development neither. Although it is in the list.
- that doesn't need to be a problem. I'm using it for 2 years now without any issues or extra requirement I'd have.

>> I struggled to find anything on the website clarifying the license under which it's released.
The site says:
Welcome to Executor. A multi purpose launcher and more advanced and customizable **freeware** windows run replacement and more..

Btw, I looked for an alternative for SlickRun because I had (hanging/delay) issues with it.

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1 year 23 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Mike C

Just to expand a little more, Executor is portable in the sense that it automatically accepts a different drive letter on external hard drive, etc. As long as programs are stored on the same drive or have the same common location as in notepad, this feature works.

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1 year 16 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Panzer

Concord Free Version:
http://www.concordapp.com/

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1 year 16 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher oblivion

Thanks. The licensing looks like freeware unless you want extra features or program customisations; I'm trying to get some explicit clarification, though.

It has a prerequisite of one of the .net frameworks, which I know can cause some people concerns, and I'm also trying to find out if there's a portable version available. I'll post more once I've found out some more. :)

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1 year 4 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Panzer

Start Menu 9 - "Floating" Start Menu + Art Module + Data Module + More Cool Stuff ...:
http://papatsoftware.com/
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Launchers-Shutdown-Tools/StartMenu9....

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1 year 2 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher oblivion

Mm. Thanks for the find; looks interesting, although the impression the website gives is of a launcher that's more oriented towards children. The free version -- limited to 55 "slots" -- may be enough for many people but on first glance I'd struggle to justify choosing this over -- say -- Magic Formation.

The installer is an MSI, which suggests a lack of portability too.

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1 year 2 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher g2mXagent

FSL Launcher is The BEST !!

FSL Launcher + dexpot + rocketdock = Perfect “OSX”.

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1 year 2 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher oblivion

Thanks!

I found FSL Launcher at http://fsl.sytes.net/launcher.html

It doesn't look like it's under active development: the forum looks pretty moribund.

However, it's new to me and I'd be interested to know why you think it's better than the alternatives.

Also, why is combining it with Rocketdock is better than just using Rocketdock? (Or, for that matter, what part of Rocketdock gives you facilities that FSL Launcher is missing?)

Adding Dexpot is fair enough: I'm a big fan of virtual desktops myself (although I didn't get on with Dexpot and rather prefer Virtuawin: this is significantly offtopic, though :) )

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1 year 2 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher dlibertine

I've been using Quick Launch for years and am satisfied.

http://www.horstmuc.de/wqsel.htm

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1 year 2 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher g2mXagent

Windows Start Menu, 8start, Free Launch Bar, ... ...
there exists a serious flaw: Screen utilization rate is LOW! and I think there will be some useless features.

I want to Launcher can be like in OS X that:
1. Activation (show) in Screen HotZone(corner of the screen).
2. Hotkey.
3. Easy to manage a large number of programs.
4. No keyboard operation.
5. Can take advantage of screen space.
6. Simple & easy used.

I found a list of launch programs (http://en.softonic.com/windows/program-launch-toolbars), many of them tried. I found that best meets my requirements is FSL Launcher (worked on Windows7 x64), although it has not been updated for a long time.

Dexpot = OSX Mission Control + Spaces
FSL Launcher = OSX Launchpad
Rocketdock = OSX "Dock"

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1 year 2 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher MidnightCowboy

Beware! Softonic uses a wrapped installer like cnet.

http://www.thesafemac.com/tag/softonic/
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/cnet-downloadcom-wrapped-install...

Users are advised to source their downloads from clean sites such as Softpedia and MajorGeeks that do not resort to this underhand practice. MC - Site Manager.

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1 year 2 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher g2mXagent

Thank reminder! I did not actually download it from there, I get the software information from that site, such as website, then go to the official website to download. I hate them downloader.

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50 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Program Launcher Panzer

LaunchQ (2/47 on Virus Total):

Features:

* Portable, free, light, open-source, runs in system tray and consumes minimal memory and mind.
* One shortcut (Shift + Z) does it all . Press it to show/hide LaunchQ GUI. This shortcut is customizable.
* Supports unlimited number of launch items.
* Window Size, Background color, Text color and transparency can be changed a/c needs.
* Auto-Scrolling - Move your mouse pointer above the LaunchQ window to scroll up, below the window to scroll down OR
use Mouse wheel for scrolling.
* Easy Add - Wanna add a file or folder to LaunchQ, drag it into the GUI, choose a name and you're done.
* Easy Remove - Deleting a shortcut is even more easier. Hold a shortcut and drag it out of the the LaunchQ window.
* Multi-Launch - Launch multiple shortcuts with a single-click. See Guide to know more.
* Launch Web-sites too, just click on the bottom Add Web-Site button in the GUI and paste the link.
* Shortcuts are auto-named intelligently.
* It can start at system start up, check for updates and get path links from temporary (Desktop) shortcuts.

http://avi-win-tips.blogspot.in/2013/05/launchq.html

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50 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Program Launcher oblivion

I hope the shortcut isn't fixed to shift-Z -- or Zachary Zephaniah Zob might have trouble signing his letters. ;)

(I note from the website that it's customisable but I couldn't resist...)

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48 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Program Launcher plasticpig72

I am sorry but with CPU usage at 45 - 100%, however much I like Launchy, I need to find an alternative. No matter what I change in the settings I cannot get the usage to drop below 45% and that is unacceptable.

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48 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Program Launcher oblivion

Launchy creates and -- presumably -- constantly maintains an index. Try, as a similar but non-indexing alternative, FindAndRunRobot. Although it doesn't use an index, its default settings -- basically, to look first in the places your program shortcuts are likely to be and work down a list (that you can, but don't have to, tweak to fit your own specific needs -- are very effective and usually as fast as you need.

One small caveat: under some circumstances, Microsoft Security Essentials can cause FARR to run much more slowly than it otherwise would. I haven't seen any issues with other security software, though, and it is possible to persuade MSE to leave FARR alone.

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44 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Program Launcher TonyHowert

Hi!

Recently I started using this very simple tool:
http://gimespace.com/quickmenu.html
It is for free, and I must say, I'm impressed. It makes the way I work in windows so much faster. I assigned the popup key to my left extra mouse button and switching between tasks and launching new onces has become a delight!
This really changed the way i work in windows, I made the taskbar hide away and enjoy my whole screen space for my full screen applications and know that all my open windows are just one mouse click and a tiny little mouse move away.
simply great!
Tony.

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44 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Program Launcher MidnightCowboy

Caution! The GiMeSpace site links to Brothersoft which has a poor WOT (web Of Trust) rating and is not a recommended download source. The program is also available from Softpedia but it will attempt to include unwanted components such as toolbars during the installation and try to change your system settings. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/GiMeSpace-Free-Editi...

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41 weeks 12 hours ago Best Free Program Launcher TonyHowert

That is another program, the right link is this:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/GiMeSpace-QuickMenu....

But the brothersoft link does like back to this link directly to their site:
[Direct file link removed - not permitted]

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31 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Program Launcher Jacal

RocketDock is still not available for 64-bit operating systems. That should probably be mentioned under system requirements.

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31 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Program Launcher Joe A.TT

It's true RocketDock's documentation says it does not support 64-bit, however, I've used it successfully on W7x64. What's more, you can make it portable by following the instructions here: http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?q=rocketdock&m=

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31 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Program Launcher namurxxi

I have used and still use RocketDock daily without any problem on my laptop with operating system "Windows VISTA Home Premium x64".
Similarly and SIMULTANEOSLY job - successfully - the dock called sTabLauncher, in this 64-bit system.

sTabLauncher:
http://stablauncher.com/skins.htm

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31 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Program Launcher MidnightCowboy

Caution! sTabLauncher is bundled with unwanted components. MC - Site Manager.

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31 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Program Launcher deemadeep

You fellas seem to be confusing "working" in a 64-bit architecture and actually BEING a 64-bit app. Way different meanings.

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31 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Program Launcher sicknero

Keep an eye out for Listary (http://www.listary.com/)

The latest beta now incorprates an application launcher (along the same lines as Launchy) but because Listary scans MFTs and is a search-as-you-type engine, it's very quick about it.

The launcher component in the beta is not excellently implemented yet but I'm expecting good things when it has been refined for the next stable release.

Similarly, another MFT scanning search-as-you-type engine, Everything (http://www.voidtools.com/), now has a dropdown menu to filter results by filetype which makes it a viable option for application launching. E.g. type "iced" ... select "exe" in the filter to launch IceDragon. Or vice versa - leave the filter set to "exe" and just use it as a program finder and launcher. Very usable anyway if you have a large collection of software.

Note that MFT scanners only work on NTFS drives and require UAC permissions.

Lastly Win+R Alias Manager from WinAero (http://winaero.com/comment.php?comment.news.76) is pretty neat although you have to add your own shortcuts.

The advantage with this one is that it uses the search box in Windows Start Menu and the existing Windows capability for exec aliases, so there's no extra autorun. For instance I might set "id" as my alias for IceDragon and then to run it just key WIN+R for the search box then type "id". Very nice program but time consuming to set up if you have a lot of software. I use it just to set aliases for programs that I use very frequently.

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31 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Program Launcher oblivion

Thanks!

I like (and use!) Listary a lot, so I'll be interested to see how that develops.

I used Everything until Listary incorporated similar functionality; because of the requirement for admin privileges, making Everything run reliably at startup is a little too complicated for many users, I think, but Listary seems to have the startup issue cracked.

As far as aliases are concerned, I use FARR's capabilities in that regard -- particularly helpful is its ability to assign multiple targets to a single alias, so -- for instance -- I have an "edit" alias that points to two different plaintext editors and a couple of richtext editors, and FARR just produces a list of the targets so I can pick the one I want. More useful (to me) than a straight one-to-one relationship... :)

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29 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Program Launcher crombierob

I feel that I have lost the battle.
I loved the XP classic Start Menu, particularly once one learned how to create your own high level (Main list on the left) categories.
I dislike fancy graphics and Icons, and other 'candy'
I will concede that some of the population are the opposite of me, but then MS decided to make you all the opposite of me -
- They banned the XP Classic Start Menu style in Win7 and Win8
- They foisted the 'hunt and peck' 'Lucky Dip' start menu on to us
And it appears that the majority of the applications that are discussed here, fall into that category.
Surely ('Airplane'), there are some of us left out there, that prefer to organize our shortcuts into predefined categories, and then be able to easily/quickly locate and launch any of them ?
Ideally such a program would have an icon in the Sys Tray (now called Notification Area by MS), that with a single left click, will raise a menu, with sub menus appearing as you move your mouse. A single click will launch whatever, and the menu will disappear.
Is there anyone left out there that likes to live in an organized way ?
I will continue my search for such a program, and will report back, if anyone expresses an interest.
Rob

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29 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Program Launcher Rydeck

I might be wrong but doesn't 'Quick Cliq' just do that?
i use my mouse to call the menus (with submenus) and just click om the desired link.

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29 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Program Launcher sicknero

Indeed, Quick Cliq is just one such free program - there are plenty of decent freeware options for such a function.

Alternatively ClassicShell allows you to organise the native Start Menu however you like as well as restoring the old XP look if you wish.

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29 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Program Launcher crombierob

Thanks guys for responding.
I had tried that program in the past, and had left warning notes for myself that it took over too many Hot Keys, including those that I need in the VB6 IDE (development environment)
I just tried the latest version, and there is an option to turn off Hot Keys. That appears to have solved my earlier problems.

I will now attempt to learn how to use it fully.

Thanks again,
Rob

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19 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Program Launcher oblivion

I think, given your expressed needs, you should have a serious look at a stablemate of FindAndRunRobot's called Launchbar Commander.

I haven't included it in the main list of recommended programs primarily because it takes work -- much of the type you profess to prefer! -- to get it set up properly.

It can do one or more floating or docked docks, popup menus, autohidden menus, and it can be as stark as you want it to be.

I use it myself -- as a launcher for the apps on my portable HD.

Find it at:

http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Mouser/LaunchBarCommander/index.html

DonationCoder -- a site I am a big fan of -- makes their applications and utilities available for free or for an optional donation. You DO have to register, but nobody's going to make you hand over money. And there's an extremely active forum where you can find help on any of their products.

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19 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Program Launcher dlibertine

Quick Launch - Qsel has worked well for me for a number of years.

http://www.horstmuc.de/wqsel.htm

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1 year 32 weeks ago Best Free High Dynamic Range (HDR) Software Webgremlin

Removed Essential HDR Community from article due to author website no longer being available. If anybody knows authors website please let us know and we can put software title back into article and quick selection guide.
Thanks.

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1 year 11 weeks ago Best Free High Dynamic Range (HDR) Software Lanaka

FYI, just downloaded fresh copies of installers for Luminance and Picturenaut. Noticed that Picturenaut now offers separate x86 and x64 versions. Just figured you ought to know. Haven't tested them yet as I'm almost out of time (start work in 15 minutes).

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1 year 11 weeks ago Best Free High Dynamic Range (HDR) Software MidnightCowboy

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The product details have now been updated. MC - Site Manager.

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1 year 33 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Editor naf

A few weeks ago, one of the tech websites that I usually visit recommended "Chasys Draw IES" as the best free image editor for windows. I would want to know if the editor can review this program.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Editor Century22

I have tried them ALL, and they are ALL TERRIBLE.
Time consuming, non-intuitive, steep learning curve, non functional or only partially functional. I have not found one that could do HALF of what I want to do with it.
Each has SOME functions that work, and each has many functions that do not. NONE of them will do it all.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Editor Joe A.TT

I've tried LightBox and Photo! Editor. The first is OK but doesn't have the tools I need enabled in the free version. The second didn't work at all and it seems it's not developed or supported anymore.

Recently I tried PhotoFiltre and I was surprised at what I was able to do with it. I haven't tried all the functions, but all I used worked so far. I guess it depends on what functions you are looking for. The only drawback with PhotoFiltre that I've found is that there isn't much in the help files, and what there is on the internet or their forum is in French which I don't speak. I agree the learning curve could be a bit steep (especially for noobs like me), and it takes a lot of time experimenting and learning, but I think it's worth a try.

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Editor Joe A.TT

You may want to read this article by rob.schifreen: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/painting-app-also-lets-you-creat...

Although not a full review, you may feel a bit comforted that rob has checked it with Virus Total and Avast!

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1 year 27 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Editor Panzer

LazPaint - Image editor, like PaintBrush or Paint.Net, written in Lazarus (Free Pascal). Includes BGRABitmap, a set of drawing routines:

Features:

* antialiasing
* multiple undo
* alpha blending
* BGRABitmap
* selection of any shape
* rotation
* filters
* update checker

http://sourceforge.net/projects/lazpaint/

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1 year 26 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Editor Panzer

"... PhotoSun 14 gives you everything you need to fix your photos. Remove red-eye with a click. Adjust exposure, brightness, and contrast. Crop to frame your subject. If you don’t know where to begin, click the Enhance tool and watch PhotoSun 14 automatically fix underexposed or dull photos. From there, you can try a few more tricks ...":
http://micranes.weebly.com/index.html

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1 year 25 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Editor Panzer

"... Pholor Express is a free image editing software that is easy to operate. It could crop, rotate, resize, sharp, and adjust tone handily, help to get your photos ready quickly for Blog, Facebook and Twitter ..." (1/46 on Virus Total - possible false positive?)
http://pholor.com/enu/express.html

Features:

- Compact User Interface
- Real time results
- Fast Operation
- Dehaze

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1 year 23 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Editor intuitive challenged

I need a tool to crop photos and make the file size smaller. Every image processing program I have tried increases the file size, I assume because they keep "undo" information.

I think someone who knows how to create software could easily make a cropping tool that does not keep "undo" information. Perhaps it could convert a JPG to a Bitmap then convert only the current image data remaining after the crop back to a JPG.

If anybody knows of the existence of a true filesize-reducing image cropper please let me know.

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