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Best Free Dictionary and Thesaurus Utility 9 months 2 weeks ago Jojo Yee Thanks for your feedback Shelduck. The Quick Selection Guide for the software is now updated. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 9 months 2 weeks ago George.J

Qihoo explains the misunderstandings, and requests for furthur investigation. 

http://blog.360totalsecurity.com/en/qihoo-and-testing-labs-multiple-engi...

Nothing to worry about here. Innocent until proven guilty. Interestingly it's 2 other Chinese antivirus vendors that reported the issue. We already know about the competition in China among antivirus vendors, and all this has been blown out of proportions from jealousy. Even if proven guilty, it's a minor issue because the only contradiction in the results was because their own engine was enabled and BitDefender engine enabled "by default" for the product they've given for testing. Hence calling it "manipulation of scores". Weak statement :D

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Wallpaper of the Week: Vines of Red Leaves over a Foggy Lake 9 months 2 weeks ago Aretas

Some real quality pictures here. Search for "fox" and look at the leaping infant.

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Best Free Dictionary and Thesaurus Utility 9 months 2 weeks ago Shelduck

Your Quick Selection Guide states about WordWeb that "A portable version of this product is available but NOT from the developer."
This is not correct.
If you run the download, which looks like a fairly standard installer, there is an "Advanced options..." button that, if pressed, allows the selection of the "Install as portable app (eg. on a USB drive)" option.

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Identify Installed RAM In Amazing Detail 9 months 2 weeks ago v.laurie

CPU-Z was also reviewed in a previous TSA article here.

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Best Free PC Games 9 months 2 weeks ago KetchupKid

Thanks for the follow up. The sudoku puzzle games were from a link in the article under "Best Free Puzzle Games" as a 'related' category. Sorry.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 9 months 2 weeks ago MrBrian

Antivirus Company Qihoo Censured for Cheating in Lab Tests

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Best Free Antivirus Software 9 months 2 weeks ago MrBrian

Antivirus Company Qihoo Censured for Cheating in Lab Tests

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Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 9 months 2 weeks ago Anupam

BurnAware has been updated to version 8.0. Changelog here:

http://www.burnaware.com/whats-new.html

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Best Free Antivirus Software 9 months 2 weeks ago Anupam

Yes, there are good free antivirus nowadays. But, I guess it depends on individual taste, which antivirus you install on your system. I occasionally try different antivirus, but I keep returning back to Avast, since it is what best suits me. It is lightweight, provides good protection, and has boot time scan. All other antivirus that I tried, I had some issues with them, big or small. Avast suits me best.

With so many choices, you can always try different ones and settle on one which suits you most.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 9 months 2 weeks ago terrawarra

Thanks Anupam !

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 2 weeks ago stilbon

The new look of Gizmo's Freeware Website is indeed eye-catching and quite pleasing. The enhancements would be worthwhile and important even if mobile devices were not a consideration. I rely on this site and it just took a leap forward. Good job, nice work!

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Best Free Antivirus Software 9 months 2 weeks ago terrawarra

Thanks Anupam,
I may try Avast again sometime in the future and give it another chance.
In the meantime, I'll give BitDefender a fair trial, assess the results and decide which one I want to go with.

We are indeed quite spoilt with so many quality freeware anti virus products out there.

cheers

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Computer Programming For Beginners, Kids, and Adults 9 months 2 weeks ago MCAMBI

Hi how can I take online computer programming for beginners? i will also like to know the date and the time i can sign in to take them. Thanks

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Best Free Antivirus Software 9 months 2 weeks ago Anupam

Good day terrawarra :). The issues you post about, I haven't encountered on my system. I do get the popups though, and I simply close them.

Avast Free nowadays comes with several components/tools, like updater, etc, which perform extra work. I do not install any of these. I suspect that you have some or all of these installed, and the popups you mention, are occurring because these components are installed. In future, if you install Avast, deselect the unncessary (or all) components, and just select the shields that you want, and it should be fine.

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Best Free Process Viewer 9 months 2 weeks ago netadmin

The article seems outdated.

Auslogics Task Manager is blocked by Google Safe Browsing and Chrome now. And Dr.Web's url scanner rates it as Malicious site.

So Process Explorer and Security Task Manager are and remain the most comprehensive task managers for Windows.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 9 months 2 weeks ago Anupam

Pleast post such queries in the freeware forum, which is the suitable place for such discussions and queries.

After your query has been answered here satisfactorily, will delete the comments, as they are out of topic.

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Best Free Windows 64-bit Software 9 months 2 weeks ago shahidnaseer

I have been using 64BIT video encoding / conversion of the so-called "Kirara encryption to x64" for almost a year now and have found it to be very fast and gives great results. I would be interested to see if anyone else may use it, http://softwareshahid.blogspot.com/and get the opinions of others on this excellent program and it has probably included in the list 64BIT.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 9 months 2 weeks ago Remah

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Free (MAEF) provides protection from exploits in the main web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera) and their add-ons and in the Java engine that is the basis for much web technology. The paid version extends this to other popular products and technologies including PDF files, media players, Microsoft office, etc.

I have been using MAEF because it provides a layer of protection that will supplement many antivirus products. The basis for much anti-virus protection is detecting known signatures whereas zero-day exploits have, by definition, no known signature so monitoring the behaviour of program code is a better way to detect new exploits that have not previously been detected.

I'm actually a low-risk Web user so I will be surprised if MAEF does detect anything. I would probably be better of using other products to harden my computer, Sandboxie and EMET are two good examples. But I am using MAEF because I wanted to see how it operates. Other products I have tried recently have been disappointing for not being unobtrusive (e.g. Kaspersky Software Updater) whereas MAEF's lack of visible effectiveness is reassuring given the excellent reputation of their other products. It also doesn't appear to use a lot of resources. Later in the year, I will probably give it a good run on my test system by comparing performance with and without MAEF running, and  going to websites with known exploits.

For those who aren't familiar with the terminology. Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Free is designed to defeat exploits. An exploit is program code that has been written to make malicious use of design flaws and other vulnerabilities in computer systems so as to defeat your computer's security. The worst exploits are those that make use of flaws that are not known to the developer/vendor of the software. The vulnerabilities are unknown so the developer/vendor has no time to remedy the situation hence the use of the term zero-day.

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74 Free Photo Libraries Online 9 months 2 weeks ago bernardz

Like everything Bob, it's not so clear nothing ever is. Say in your example, I had a picture of my wife on a beach, how do I show its likely that I was the photographer if its disputed?  Could she not argue her friend took it not me? As I am a non professional photographer, I cannot argue I have suffered any loss.

Here is a chart that I use that I think would be beneficial to the readers here. how accurate it is, if it came to court I do not know.

http://thevisualcommunicationguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Infograp...

 

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Best Free PC Games 9 months 2 weeks ago George.J

1. About Penumbra, although it's written as a demo, it's a full freeware version. Actually the game was created to show the capabilites of their game engine, before their commercial game  Penumbra: Overture was released, hence the name Tech Demo. I believe the game had around full 14 levels. 

2. Beneath a Steel Sky was an award winning game of 1995. It was commercial but later turned freeware. Although you need to do a few tweaks to work on modern machines. The download is for the full game itself. Gamershell is a popular site, no risks to download from there. 

3. Ben There, Dan That went freeware when it's sequel Time Gentlemen was released. It has a pay what you want policy, and the last time I played it, I think I set the slider to 0$ and the game worked fine. 

4. Sudoku Cracker  and others - I don't have those games you mentioned in this article. 

5. Fantasy Tennis - The game has been shut down, so I'll remove it from the  list

6. LinCity NG - I have updated the download link. 

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74 Free Photo Libraries Online 9 months 2 weeks ago BobW

I'm sorry @bernardz but I think you've been poorly advised. My understanding is that, in the UK and USA at least, all photos posted to the net (or used anywhere else) have full copyright status unless explicitly revoked - this can be done by a statement on the web page or (better) embedded in the photo's EXIF/IPTC metadata. Just because some photos on the net have no EXIF or IPTC metadata, this does NOT mean that the photographer's or owner's copyright does not apply.
Having said that, most photographers will not mind one of their pictures being used in a blog article in a fair way. What really upsets photographers is when a commercial company takes a photograph off the net and uses it in advertising material without properly licensing it.

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Best Free Instant Messaging Client 9 months 2 weeks ago alexo

Why isn't Instantbird reviewed?
http://instantbird.com/

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Best Free Software for Linux 9 months 2 weeks ago Panzer "... SlideCrunch is a "Swiss Army knife" for anything related to the management of slide-based presentations. It can be used to produce slideshows from multiple input files. Moreover, if you provide information regarding slide duration or text, it can also generate annotated handouts, mixing scripts for producing a timed video and even matching subtitles ...": http://sourceforge.net/projects/slidecrunch/ view
Best Free Software for Linux 9 months 2 weeks ago Panzer "... Impressive is a program that displays PDF presentation slides with style. Smooth alpha-blended slide transitions are provided for the sake of eye candy, but in addition to this, Impressive offers some unique tools that are very useful for presentations ...": http://sourceforge.net/projects/impressive/ view
Best Free Software for Linux 9 months 2 weeks ago Panzer "... Synfig Studio is a free and open-source 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork. It eliminates the need to create animation frame-by frame, allowing you to produce 2D animation of a higher quality with fewer people and resources ...": http://www.synfig.org/cms/ view
The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Thank you for your kind words Richard.:)
We sincerely hope everyone will enjoy the new site layout as much as we enjoyed creating it. MC - Site Manager.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 9 months 2 weeks ago terrawarra

Not too sure if this is the right place to ask this question but here goes.

I recently downloaded the free version of "Malwarebytes Anti Exploit free" purely because of the good reputation of their free "Malwarebytes Anti Malware" which we are all familiar with.

This new offering, "Anti Exploit" is working as an add-on with my SRWare Iron (Chrome) and the only time I know that it's working is when I open my browser, a small window on the task bar tells me that it's operating.

Do any of you have experience with this ? .... and if so, can you tell me how it works ?

To me, it doesn't seem to be doing anything at all and I'm left wondering if it's smoke & mirrors.

https://www.malwarebytes.org/antiexploit/

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 2 weeks ago lotsamosi

It's very hard to find new comments, there used to be a red 'new' showing.

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Great Advice If You're Choosing Antivirus Software 9 months 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy This is surely a joke. Norton is only a leading brand because it is promoted heavily to make money, but this doesn't make it a leading product. Norton was removed from the AV Comparatives tests because they refused to take part in the same tests as other vendors. Despite this, AV Comparatives did include them in the next round of tests and surprise, surprise they came last! You can download the test results as a PDF file from AVC if you Google for it. Just goes to show that "we are the best and will protect you from everything" claims hold about as much water as a bucket full of holes. Free products such as Panda and Qihoo 360 will easily outperform this and many other paid products. MC - Site Manager. view
Great Advice If You're Choosing Antivirus Software 9 months 2 weeks ago KetchupKid

Minus one star for not having a comprehensive list of all leading AV apps - such as Norton/Symantec.

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Best Free Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 9 months 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Thank you for responding to my contact. There is no malware in Freemake Video Converter. It does however contain non-malicious adware. This is made clear in both the review text and product details. We even provide a link to a dedicated page for this.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/controversial-advertising-progra...

We have also published other related material.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download...

MC - Site Manager.

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Best Free Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 9 months 2 weeks ago slooksterpsv

The malware included product is Free make video conversion. I found the other software but its misleading I will partially take that back. It says Review to see the others what??? It should say other products or something other than making the user think its a review of that software. It makes itsound like you are downloading or reviewing what is listed like WOT or Kasperaky TDS Killer.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 2 weeks ago richardlatu

Dearest Gizmo Team:

I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for the painful effort you went through to upgrade this website. If only you know how much benefit I have received due to the usage of this special site. This has been my lifelong walking "cane" as it were for few years, for Gizmo has helped me to find just what I needed online. I have been a "preacher" and "promoter" of Gizmo and many people have seen the benefit of exploring Gizmo site. Thank you for the heart work. I regularly visit your site every day. It is educational, it assists me, it informative, and very reliable in many ways. From a heart fill with deep appreciation, I thank you all who were involved with this project.

Yours,
Richard

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Site Suggestions and Feedback 9 months 2 weeks ago slooksterpsv

What happened to this site!? It doesn't offer anything like what it used to. Now it's a single app for a single category. The other problem? I downloaded a suggested app and it had malware in it! Gizmo, you really need to either rework your site to function like it previously did, and rectify the malware included suggested programs, or I'll go elsewhere for my quick finds of goods elsewhere. Seriously, the video conversion software FreeConverter included Adware! There's no other way to view other suggested software from the primary category links. The site looks terrible and isn't very functional anymore. Extremely disappointing =(

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74 Free Photo Libraries Online 9 months 2 weeks ago bernardz Thanks, I am a blogger and forever I need to grab some photos, so I will certainly give these shot. What I tend to do is google search for images -> then click search tools -> Usage rights ->labeled for reuse. Generally, I can get my photo there. If that fails, I go to the wiki but I will try these too now. One point is the legal status of most of the photos on the web is unclear, I have been assured that many photos on the net are not protected by copyright despite all the labels put on them. I suppose it depends how much you are willing to take a chance. view
Great Advice If You're Choosing Antivirus Software 9 months 2 weeks ago Kumar_Shah

Hmmmm. I usually go to Gizmo's Freeware and use the program they recommend. Better than reading a ten page report.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 2 weeks ago tonyc

Used new look onmy tablet -no problems. Thanks for the update.

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Best Free PC Games 9 months 2 weeks ago KetchupKid

I went through the whole list again (of the links I followed - maybe only 40 or so), so in trying to remember, this is a few of the troublesome ones I could recall:

* Penumbra - demo
* BASS (Beneath a Steel Sky) - the site has questionable security (per Firefox) and the download appears to be for the making of a game CD, so I didn't download it.
* Ben There, Dan That - same site problems as BASS and others there (gamershell.com) and it lists the download file as "BTDT_Demo.zip"
* Sudoku Cracker - Download link at site has this error: "Fatal error: Call to undefined function initdoc() in /home/webby476/public_html/subdomains/downloads/sudoku/download.php on line 4"
* Isanaki Sudoku - Following download link: "ERROR: 410 Gone" - BUT going to the home site and finding the download works.
* KSudoku - at Sourceforge. After a download, instructions say it wants you to run a "terminal" to compile the program. ???
* Fantasy Tennis - Link opens a page at aeriagames.com but no such game is found.
* LinCity-NG - "Server not found"

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Best Free PC Games 9 months 2 weeks ago KetchupKid

I''d have to go through the whole list again (of the links I followed - maybe 40 or so), but I will scan through and see if I can recall the troublesome ones, and let you know.

As far as freeware sites & freeware game creators, I always appreciate what they do and I also wonder how they have the time to do such stuff without getting paid. So I certainly understand when a game or site goes down.

I'll let you know ....

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 2 weeks ago Mighty

+1

I can read the text. But, I can feel my eyes straining, just a little. Inspect Element says that the text is #555. That, along with a very thin font, is apparently just a little too light, for me.

And, as I'm typing this comment, the edit field text is, again making my eyes strain, a little. This font size is a little too small for comfort.

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Best Free PC Games 9 months 2 weeks ago George.J

To keep the site running for freeware games also requires you to pay for hosting charges, freeware game developers tend to shut their sites down. But the download links will still be valid on other sites. 

If you could point out which games have non-existant homesite it would be of great help. Also I dont think I've included any Demo games in the list. Could you tell me which one?

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Best Free PC Games 9 months 2 weeks ago KetchupKid

I appreciate all the work it takes to keep up something like this, so don't take this as a criticism. Over HALF the download links did not work for various reasons: Site or game download is non-existent; Game is a demo only; advertising site (not the game site), etc.

Hopefully you can find a good volunteer to manage this category. :)

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Get A $20 DVD Ripper For Free If You're Quick 9 months 2 weeks ago FrankB

Didn't work on the first disc I tried. Uninstalling.

Thanks Gizmo I appreciate the effort none the less.

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Best Free Keyboard and Mouse Control Software 9 months 2 weeks ago mmseng

Would love a update/review of this article. I've been using InputDirector for a long time, but it's abandoned at this point. And Synergy, while still open source, is now a paid product.

I wish there were more options for this type of solution :/

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 2 weeks ago richtea (not verified)

Re: Your last line and link
Having looked at uxmovement, I appreciate the irony of your "See also". The drop in designing standards is quite palpable, but within the context of a much larger decline, admittedly marginal and of little consequence. I am not talking about "new" being "bad". I just call out bad for what it is.

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Best Free BitTorrent Client 9 months 2 weeks ago SwanKnight

I've been trying qBitTorrent for a while now but I'm fed-up with its bugs.

If I try to add a torrent that I downloaded a part of previously, it doesn't automatically recheck, all it does is stay "Stalled" and manual/forced recheck does nothing, it just re-downloads everything again after the check is done.

Also, when trying to change the download folder for the torrent, it becomes utterly retarded. Sometimes it works, but often it downloads some of the content to the new folder and the rest in a folder with the original name, it's so frustrating.

The only feature I liked about was the "sequential download" option, it's very helpful when downloading series..etc

I'll probably go back to uTorrent 2.2 since I still can't find a decent replacement.

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Great Advice If You're Choosing Antivirus Software 9 months 2 weeks ago fireball_xl5

Very handy - thanks.

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How to Clean An Infected Computer 9 months 2 weeks ago kgm4714

I've tried running CCE. Nothing (not even running Rkill) allows me to run this program. I double-click it; I get the bong sound. I right-click, select Run as Administrator, I get the bong sound; I hold Shift and double-click, I get the bong sound. Considering that it's stressed that the steps must be followed in order, if I can't run CCE, I'd think I can't go on to Kapersky or anything else. What do you recommend? Thank you.

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Speed Up Your Hearing 9 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Great stuff!  Many thanks for the contribution. MC - Site Manager.

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Speed Up Your Hearing 9 months 3 weeks ago virginiajim

Added 14 more sources and deleted one; upped number of sources in narrative to 230 and file download of podcast library from 30 to 35GB.

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HIPS Explained 9 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Test comment

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Download An Entire Web Site To Your PC 9 months 3 weeks ago Pattern-chaser

I've used it for years too, and agree with the other comments: a good and useful tool.

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Best Free Windows 64-bit Software 9 months 3 weeks ago mehman

How about adding XnViewMP from Xnview to Best Free Windows 64-bit Image Viewer? It has a native 64-bit version for Windows, Mac and Linux.

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Download An Entire Web Site To Your PC 9 months 3 weeks ago George.J

HtTrack is a wonderful website ripper that I've used before I switched to Darcy Ripper. It's platform independant and highly configurable with Job Package controls just like HtTrack. 

Both of them should do the job for you efficiently and is highly useful when you have unstable connection or working offline. 

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Best Free Streaming Media Recorder 9 months 3 weeks ago Shiro21

I think this is one of the best or it is the BEST streaming media recorder is Jing and Audacity. A friend of mine insisted me to try this and she says it has cool features and it is a great software. I doubted at first but after trying it , I 100% agreed to her.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

I also have a 24" monitor on this desktop (BenQ 1920 x 1080) and despite having way less than perfect vision and sitting in front of it for most of the day I have no difficulty with either the text font or contrast. MC - Site Manager.

See also: http://uxmovement.com/content/6-surprising-bad-practices-that-hurt-dysle...

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago phred

I registered strictly to agree 100%. The typeface is too light. Not light vs dark, but light vs heavy. I'm on a 24" monitor and I have to squint in order to read the text. Please rethink your typographic choice. Thank you.

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Get A $20 DVD Ripper For Free If You're Quick 9 months 3 weeks ago godel

@ snowbound999

Yep, but DivX ripper giveaways come around fairly frequently, maybe a couple of times a year. Just be sure that autoupdate is disabled in the program if it has that option.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago Quaestor

I like the new look, with one exception . . . the text on white background is hard to read. It shows as GREY for me, rather than BLACK. I haven't tried it on any other device, but it's noticeable and disconcerting for me, as it makes it hard to read. First impression, otherwise is GOOD, and I like the "New Article" popup in the lower right corner.

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Download An Entire Web Site To Your PC 9 months 3 weeks ago 0rinoco

I've have also been using HHTrack for several years, and found it a most useful program. There are tutorials available for beginners. Recommended.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago richtea (not verified)

There is a simple test for each and every website: Does one need to use Clearly to be able to read the text, or not? On this page, I have to use Clearly, which equals: Fail.
I do not wish to piss on your parade, so no more said.

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Best Free Internet Safety Check 9 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

It is sometimes difficult not to duplicate too much content around the site and this product is already included in these two articles. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download...
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/safe-computing-under-hour.htm

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Best Free Internet Safety Check 9 months 3 weeks ago terrawarra

Perhaps" Dr Web Anti-Virus Link Checker" could be reviewed by Gizmos site and included in this lot ?

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago TexasVet

Great looking site upgrade. Seems common sensical enough for me. Thanks.
With so much software available it's easier to pick the platform and OS for a solution than wading through all the stuff that is N/A in a particular solution category..

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Free Mystery, Detective, Thriller & Crime (Fiction) eBooks Online 9 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Thank you for pointing this out. The link has now been removed. MC - Site Manager.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago Webbtech52

I love the new site! Great Job!

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Free Mystery, Detective, Thriller & Crime (Fiction) eBooks Online 9 months 3 weeks ago fragbaitmm

Hi,

The "221B Baker Street" link - http://221bakerstreet.org/ - displays a Chinese website.
I don't see any Sherlock Holmes contents.

Cheers
Mal

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Deeper into the Windows Registry 9 months 3 weeks ago Remah

Thanks for the feedback - that is helpful to me.

Thanks also for pointing out errors and confusing bits. Most issues arise from the incomplete nature of the article and the need for further editing - it would be a beta version if it were a program. I wrote the first draft a couple of years ago and never found the time to finish it. So this time I quickly tidied up what was there and published it even though I know there's errors in it.

Just on your question about the use of the term "value", it is widely agreed that the terminology is confusing and the link from "registry terminology" takes you to a blog post (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/archive/2009/02/04/9394113.aspx) that explains why it is too difficult to fix. [Edited for clarity]

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32-bit and 64-bit explained 9 months 3 weeks ago Remah

Yes, it is hard to find an article that shows you how to find out what processor is installed when you don't have an operating system loaded to start the computer.

If you know the name of the processor (CPU) in your computer then you can find out if it is 64-bit by searching online. Most new CPUs are at least 64-bit.

Here is an example using an 8 year-old "Intel Core 2 Duo T7500". I've provided links to the relevant Wikipedia articles: Intel is the manufacturer and the article has links to each generation and brand of CPUs. Core 2 is the brand of processor. The article says "Core 2 is a brand encompassing a range of Intel's consumer 64-bit x86-64 single-, dual-, and quad-core microprocessors based on the Core microarchitecture." Duo means the CPU has two or dual cores. T7500 is the model or processor number. Intel has its own ARK search tool which provides this T7500 specification sheet where is says the "Instruction set" is 64-bit.

Other processors can also be found on Wikipedia or at the manufacturer's website: AMD processors at amd.com VIA processors at via.com

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Windows File Name Restrictions – Why a File Name Can be too Long 9 months 3 weeks ago MrBrian

Some related programs that might be useful:
TLPD
Path Length Checker
 

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee
Many thanks for your kind comment GavinRB99. Great if you can post a link at our forum below to the page where you need to scroll sideways. Our aim is to make all pages responsive to small screens but there may be some pages with big tables that need to reformat.
 
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How Windows 64-bit Supports 32-bit Applications 9 months 3 weeks ago Remah

The 64-bit versions should run faster and use less memory because all 32-bit code will be emulated by WOW64 in 64-bit Windows. Further explanation follows.

If we compared 32-bit and 64-bit applications in their native environments then 32-bit application usually use less memory and run faster than the equivalent 64-bit application. But once both versions are running on 64-bit Windows it is not sufficient to simply compare the two applications. The 32-bit application requires WOW64 to run so that should be included in any performance comparison. That means you need to include all the duplicated resources used to map the 32-bit application to the 64-bit environment it runs under. Duplicated resources are used for memory mapping and redirection of files locations and registry entries. The result is that the 32-bit application uses more memory and runs slower too.

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How Windows 64-bit Supports 32-bit Applications 9 months 3 weeks ago Remah

It sounds like you have a 16-bit installer or application. If that is correct then you can use any of the "Further options for running 32-bit applications with Windows 64-bit".

If it is only the 16-bit installer that is the problem, ie the game is completely 32-bit, then you might be able to circumvent the 16-bit installation. You would use software that monitors the game installation on an older version of Windows and then replicates that configuration on Windows 7. I have never tried this so I'm unsure how well this could work as it does have some significant risks. If you decide to try this then some of the products in the following articles will help: Best Free Software Update Monitor Best Free Program Uninstaller

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Windows 7 Startup 9 months 3 weeks ago Remah

Thanks very much for picking up on my errors which are easy for me to miss. :)

I've started using HTML text diagrams to speed-up page load times by having a smaller overall size and fewer http calls with fewer images. I need to do this because my articles are much longer and more complex than most on this site. This article needs to be reduced in size, or split in two, before I can add more detail. HTML text diagrams do take much longer to plan and create but mean that I can amend them very quickly rather than having to modify a vector-graphic diagram, export it to a PNG file, and upload it to this site.

I would prefer to use vector-graphic diagrams but there is inconsistent support for this in web browsers particularly on mobile platforms.

Two web pages that are useful for HTML text are:

  • The World Wide Web (W3) Consortium HTML character entity reference which shows characters that all web browsers should display correctly.
  • HTML color references such as ComputerHope.Com's color reference list. I am considering changing the background for the infinity character.

It might be useful to indicate which processes run as long as Windows does but most of them are critical processes anyway. ... OK, I'll do it.

The diagnostic and troubleshooting icons are not visible unless you click on the "show more..." buttons to display the more detailed startup steps:

 §  (white on purple) is used fourteen time mainly where I've included many of the boot trace variable names.

 !  (black on yellow) is used seven times.

 Δ  (white on blue) which indicates differences between Windows editions is used once in Table 8 - Local Security Authority SubSystem: LSASS.exe.

P.S. I haven't forgotten about your comment on the Deeper into the Registry article. I've been busy on these startup articles.

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Windows 7 Startup 9 months 3 weeks ago Remah

I'm no expert on boot debugging for Windows but here's what I do know:

Third-party hardware debugging products for x86 and x64 computers install a separate board. These give you the earliest debugging control in the boot process.

See Microsoft's article on Windows debugging tools for an overview of debugging software. You can debug using software running on the same computer or on a different computer.

To start debugging from the boot loader you change the boot parameters as described in Tools for Changing Boot Options for Driver Testing and Debugging particularly changing the boot parameters and BCDEdit options You need to enable kernel-mode debugging if you want to see what is happening in the kernel-mode startup phase. I have been using Windows startup traces which do not provide sufficient kernel-mode detail.

You should have no problems starting wireshark and many other diagnostics while Windows debugging is operating.

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Get $440 Worth Of Network Monitoring Software For Free 9 months 3 weeks ago Remah

Rob, I should have thanked you for recommending this free product. It is excellent and I plan to keep it running because it provides so much information that I can quickly access, even if I only need it infrequently.

PRTG will suit many of our readers because it is useful for home users and non-specialists even if they have very limited technical knowledge. It installs very easily without having to configure settings because you just answer some questions provided by PRTG's GURU: if you don't know the answer you can skip it. It also provides excellent in-line help for almost every task. The only obvious improvement would be a bit more hand-holding when it is first run to better explain the monitoring terminology to new non-technical users. PRTG also has key advanced features available in the free version:

  • multiple computers can act as probes (the computers that do the monitoring)
  • any of the probes can takeover monitoring in the event of the main probe failing
  • it doesn't require other specialized products, add-ons or servers, e.g. it doesn't need SQL Server running because it has its own proprietary database - apparently their format is better at handling the many small records.
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Get $440 Worth Of Network Monitoring Software For Free 9 months 3 weeks ago Remah

I'm trying both at the moment and they are quite complementary as there is little overlap in functionality using the default configurations. In the main, this is because the scope of Glasswire is primarily my computer and what connects to it whereas PRTG's scope is my network anywhere.

Here's some more detail for those who are interested:

  • Glasswire is also more of an intrusion detection system for my PC. This is primarily achieved by monitoring changes to my firewall, connections, applications e.g. updates and version changes, and network-related Windows devices and configuration. Glasswire is so simple and well-designed that it is the first network monitoring program that I actually want to keep using all the time on my computer.
  • PRTG is primarily monitoring the connection to and availability of "my network". In the broader sense, "my network" is much more than my local network devices which includes my router, the DNS servers I use, and my network printers. It also monitors my external websites, external servers, and some common web services like Dropbox, Skype and Facebook.
  • Of course, like Glasswire, PRTG also has features that focus on my computer: the standard sensor is ping time from my computer to all other devices on "my network". PRTG's sensors include monitoring memory and disk utilization and security checks such as use of SSL and antivirus. For example, it picked up that Windows Defender is up-to-date but is not running as Avira is running instead. Each of my network printers uses about twelve sensors each by default so that would be 36 if I had all three turned on at the same time. So it will be easy for some techies to hit 100 sensors but the average user will have no such trouble.
  • PRTG lacks the simple interface of Glasswire but that is to be expected from a system that is aimed at network administrators and is scalable to large networks. It focuses on the needs of people who have to take care of networks with many users so it uses alerts and alarms delivered by email wherever the administrators are. That is overkill for me and most home users who generally only want alerts while we're actually at our computer.

PS. I should have added that the default install of PRTG uses quite a lot of bandwidth. Most of it is local for me but there is a lot that uses my Internet quota. Actually, it doesn't bother me because my ISP provides me with unlimited bandwidth. But if you have limited Internet bandwidth then PRTG can use several MBs a day depending on the number of devices you are monitoring and the types of sensors you are using. You can use Glasswire to monitor this situation. :D

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago fena2012

Very pretty. Please remove the pop-ups. That silly box that says new article is VERY annoying. I dislike animation and pop-ups. Otherwise very pretty.

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Download An Entire Web Site To Your PC 9 months 3 weeks ago bertie44

I have used HHTrack for years and can certainly recommend it. I have saved several pretty large sites with it and it does a perfect job. You need to be careful about how many layers you want to save and whether or not you want HHTrack to follow external links. It's not just Wikipedia which has a big site - even a seemingly modest site can hold thousands of pages.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago beergas

Nice font & typeface/size. Really well on 23" led monitor. Good spacing in likes. Little popup in lower right corner about New Article is a mod touch found on many news sites. Thanks

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago ramitch

70 year old eyes need to expand the screen on my s4 mini but dammit the title bar expands as well.
This would not be a problem if it scrolled with the rest of the page, but no it just covers more of the page.
Am I doing it wrong or does that happen on other devices?

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago GavinRB99

Nice, clean site. Good use of white space. I always have to object to the use of gray fonts on white, though. I have 66 year old eyes and, while I don't need glasses yet, reading gray on white is not comfortable compared to good old black. Stylish and pretty? I suppose. Practical? Not for us oldies.

Interactive design would have been much better for mobile devices/tablets, but it is more expensive, especially for a free site like this one. The site is usable on my Nexuis 5, but I have to expand and scroll sideways, less than optimal but OK.

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Free eBooks And Audiobooks To Read Online Or Download 9 months 3 weeks ago Robert Rex

New updated eBooks site https://openlibrary.org/

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago Robert Rex

Great to see all the updates, but lets not forget all those who hate change. I know a guy who still has a Win 98SE and MSDOS 6.22. I had to show him how to use new programs that do work on old devices and he liked the links yo had on old archives.
He just bought a new computer (new to him) Windows XP Pro. Maybe in his 95 year on Earth he will make it to Linux.
Great site!

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago Schmum

Love the new look! Thank you, also, for all the work you do putting together a web site like this. This is the first (and usually only) place I go for the latest and best freeware.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago delenn13

Very clean and nice. Thank you for your hard work over all these years. This site is the first place I go to look for decent free software.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago SwanKnight

Personally, I'm not fond of the new design, especially the new front-page. I prefer the simplicity of the old one.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee

Thanks for your kind feedback iun. It would be great if you post a screenshot at our forum below for us to check out.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/fix-me/

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago rbt55

Love the new look! Gizmo's, my go-to website for freeware.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago runbei

This is great. And search actually works now for me - it didn't for years - including advanced search options. Excellent.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago iun

Doesn't word wrap when zooming in on this (old) Nexus 7 tablet.
Maybe I'm .missing something.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago mchldpy

Some may have noticed around the web the same sort of thing happening at a lot of websites. Google has changed the way their ranking system assigns rank to pages and/or websites. If the site does not offer or have the ability for phones, tablets and other little devices that people access the internet and the world wide web with their site could fall a considerable amount on the Almighty Gnoogle Search and Divulge your private info Engine ranking pyramid.(scam) Gizmo and his team have made it look almost seamless. Though, like a lot of sites, even money says behind the scenes somebody was pulling out what few strands they had left.
Nice job by Ian and his crew, FWIW.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago Tom Wilson

Very nice thanks.
I sometimes think it would be useful if the search box offered a platform specific search option - just a thought.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago blazer

Great! Easy to navigate, very clean and streamlined. Love the Gizmo site!

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago Hobo

Great Job I like it.!

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago keithr386

Love the new look! Very clean! Well done!

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago Ennovy

Well done

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago Blackbird

In the upper left,... just click on... "Home".

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 9 months 3 weeks ago kkanalz

Well, where is the LINK to get to your "new and improved" web site? I didn't see that in your article, guys.

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