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Best Free BitTorrent Client 8 months 2 weeks ago swreynolds

I just dumped BitTorrent. For the last 2 days it has been spouting political ads while it's running. Either they've sold out, or the program has been infected. My system tests clean, though.

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...And Relax 8 months 2 weeks ago Rick Grunwald

I am all ready to NOT like this kind of site. But I bookmarked this one :))
Thanks

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Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 8 months 2 weeks ago DocMelVis

Hi Folks,

Wondering if anyone has given any thought to the local storage space requirements of these encryption utilities. From what I have seen most of them store both cleartext and encrypted copies of the same data locally. Putting aside compression for the moment, this essentially doubles the space requirement. So if I want cloud security, I need to double the size of my hard drive? Is that the best that's out there right now? Besides, this model does not exactly match the "on-the-fly" concept. I see it more as slowly crawl from cleartext to encrypted, and then more slow crawl from encrypted to cloud.

The compression helps save a bit of space but you still need almost double, and it comes at a pretty big price in performance. Using Viivo right now and I am seeing it does not give you a choice to turn compression off - seems pretty ridiculous. User should be able to choose if they wnat the files faster or smaller.

Would love to hear thoughts on this.

Thanks!

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Best Free Media Center Software 8 months 2 weeks ago Jethro321

Best answer I've heard so far!

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...And Relax 8 months 2 weeks ago RecklessMaverick

Your recommendation must have driven a lot of traffic to the site. It appears the site got stressed out. All I see is a light blue screen with a darker blue ball pulsing in and out in the middle of the screen.

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Best Free Bookmark Cleaner 8 months 2 weeks ago howiem

Latest version is 4.6. Before downloading this one, note that version 4.6 will no longer delete Firefox deadlinks. See http://aignes.com/deadlink_history.htm
Version 4.6 (25-Sep-2012)
[x] Firefox: Bookmarks are now read-only and can no longer be changed or deleted within AM-DeadLink. This step was required to avoid conflicts due to changes in the Firefox database. AM-DeadLink can however still be used to open and check Firefox bookmarks for dead links.
Firefox Users best hold on to version 4.4 or 4.5. I just tested 4.5 and it does delete deadlinks - at least from AMDeadlink :)

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Best Free Web Browser for Android 8 months 2 weeks ago CurtisRogers

I am using Tozeno Ads Free Browser. Just tried to search in play store for ads block apps and then I found this Ads Free browser so downloaded that. Good browsers are much harder to find since new android version(Kitkat). This is a very refined product to save your extra internet data(that was spending on these useless adds). Really awsome app for android user here to enjoy the smooth and fast web surfing.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.datagenius.browser&hl=en

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Two Amazing, Yet Different, Examples Of Computer Graphics 8 months 2 weeks ago Shadouness

Wonderful stuff, thank you.

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Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility 8 months 2 weeks ago Anupam New software. Free and open source. Kickass Undelete: http://kickassundelete.sourceforge.net/ view
Best Free Instant Messaging Client 8 months 3 weeks ago Linuxis

I've been using Instantbird lately as my IM client.
Instantbird is based on Mozilla Firefox, while using libpurple as a backend. (Pidgin, Adium)
Instantbird is incredibly user friendly, it walks you through adding accounts. And since it's based on Firefox, it supports addons.

I hope you all give it a try. :)

http://www.instantbird.com

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Best Free Android Apps -Updated 2015 8 months 3 weeks ago BillK

I use Battery Doctor (Battery Saver) by Cheetah Mobile. It seems pretty good.
I also use Cheetah Mobile antivirus (CM Security) and Clean Master.
They seem to have good apps.

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Best Free Lightweight Web Browser 8 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy This is just one measure our site employs to prevent automatic BOT registrations from posting spam links. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Lightweight Web Browser 8 months 3 weeks ago gurudev

everytime i try to submit a comment ,i get this message:

"To complete this form, please complete the word verification below."

why do i need to solve captchas' or complete word verification when i am a registered user?

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Best Free Lightweight Web Browser 8 months 3 weeks ago gurudev

about 2 years ago ,i had a PC with 256MB RAM and had a lot of difficulty browsing the web as the latest versions of Firefox,chrome and opera would crash due to lack of memory.browsing sites like Facebook was out of the question.at that point of time i installed k-meleon and flashpeak slimboat and used to use them regularly.
use k-meleon for normal browsing and flashpeak slimboat for browsing social networking sites and video sites like Facebook and YouTube.

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5 Best Free Video Streaming Sites 8 months 3 weeks ago drago

There is surely no any site compared to Youtube that would be better for watching of different stuff - Youtube has it all. Only movie clips are very limited because of many DMCA restrictions. For movies only I use http://justmoviez.to/ often to watch trailers and movies.

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Find Out Everything That Google Knows About You 8 months 3 weeks ago veekay

Excellent nugget of info. Thanks!

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Turbo Pascal Rides Again 8 months 3 weeks ago evgeniy

Is it possible to make my mobile phone like a small computer ?
I have a notebook but for some reasons it's very suitable to have
a mobile-computer in metro, somewere walking catching a good idea suddenly. To say that I'm a fan of PROLOG is to say nothing !!! Programming in PROLOG is the Art leading you to back side
of reality. It is the last language of our material world. It makes me more clearly what the higher order logic is because PROLOG
is the only first order logic.
"It was the WORD at the beginning..." - Bible.

icelandea@gmail.com

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago George.J You could make an exclusion in Comodo for 360safe.com, so that you will be able to visit the site. Read this: http://help.comodo.com/topic-72-1-522-6374-.html view
This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago craig720

True, but I am unable to proceed. My firewall makes no allowance for me to ignore such warnings. Sigh.

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Two Amazing, Yet Different, Examples Of Computer Graphics 8 months 3 weeks ago vandamme

Don't miss the "making of" Animator IV, link at the end of it.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago eikelein

Well, thank you ichabod.
And for full disclosure: I have never before heard of or have had any contact with ichabod.

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 8 months 3 weeks ago hunterhunted

Very, very useful. Some email addresses seem to be down for me:
submit@trojanhunter.com
k7viruslab@labs.k7computing.com
trojans@moosoft.com
virus@esafe.com

To further streamline stuff, I have a bat file with the following content in my directory with malware and just drag new samples onto it.

@echo off
"C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7z.exe" a -pinfected -t7z "%1.7z" "%1"
"C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7z.exe" a -pinfected -tzip "%1.zip" "%1"

Modify accordingly for wherever you installed 7zip.

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 8 months 3 weeks ago Stamimail

Hi crombierob,
I think HotkeyP works a little different, but still...
What is the advantage of what you have in mind, on HotkeyP?

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago lebulldog

I will have to try it on my lap top.

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Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors 8 months 3 weeks ago Alan Wade

Running Windows 8.1 Update 1 and CursorFX is just fine! Infact all the Stardock products that I have installed run fine.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago ichabod

lebulldog, please re-read eikelein's post on 11 October 2014 - 16:46 (119135). I hope that you will see that you got the wrong impression at your first reading. There isn't a word of personal attack in eikelein's post as I see it.

However, it's dismaying to see that, in your post on 11 October 2014 - 17:42 (119137), you responded with argumentative, presumptuous, and ad-hominem statements. This website is for discussion of software, not personalities.

Since I am not a member of Gizmo's staff, there is nothing official about this post. I simply enjoy the respectful environment that I've found in this community, and hope that it will stay that way.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago George.J Actually 3 of the engines are from Qihoo itself, they've just been separated into Cloud scan, System repair and QVMII AI engines. The other 2 engines by BitDefender and Avira are on-demand, and you may turn them on, only if you want to. view
This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago George.J Most likely a false positive. view
This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago George.J I wonder why it happened only for you and not for the many millions.. :\ view
This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago eikelein

lebulldog,

PLEASE enlighten me about what in my post "insulted" you; I am only a 50 year IT veteran that really does not understand how I triggered that.

And YES, I would very much appreciate some links to sources about MSE/Defender going away.

And no, I can not refer to buddies in Redmond.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago lebulldog

Oct 11

My Information, is not mine, I got my Info from
CNET, ZDNET and the Windows Tech News Letters...
If you want. I will give all the Links. I need many places to get Information,
as I have to keep my finger on the pulse of all
the IT communities, for I work for the Canadian
Government IT Departments. Windows Defender is OK
for tablets and Iphones not very large Government
systems. W.D. is OK but a virulent 2015 Virus will
pass it, your not safe from Crytolocker, or from
Pandora.
I know Oracle too is previewing Windows 10 now, it
is our environment.

[Personal comments edited out - please read the rules before posting]

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Best Free Media Center Software 8 months 3 weeks ago c

Watch youtube videos on XBMC, it is definately the way to go. Do a search on xbmc hub wizard....this will completely pre-configure XBMC for you with a lot of popular features until you get comfortable setting it up for yourself. Make sure to get the latest stable release of XBMC! I briefly tried PLEX...simple to set up and has a very clean interface, but seemed very limited on the types of video it supports. If you have a lot of iso, video-ts or bdmv files, they will all need to be converted to play on PLEX. If you want to configure xbmc yourself, on the xbmc website, click the wiki's link on the top of the page. Under general topics, select first time user, then select quick start guide. This will walk you through step by step with pictures.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago eikelein

lebulldog,
Where did you get the info from that Win 7's Microsoft Security Essentials or Win 8's Windows Defender are "going away"?
That is utter rubbish and you should check the source and be very critical with everything that this source says.
I have Windows 10 Tech Preview on a spare system and all I can say is:
If Windows 10 delivers what the preview promises then

Windows 10 is Windows 8 done right.

And Windows Defender runs just fine in Windows 10.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago grumpus

I installed this and ran it. It went in and removed all my system restore back-ups, cleaned out half my hard drive, and left the rest almost unusable. NEVER - repeat - NEVER again will I believe a damned thing your reviewer puts out.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago lebulldog

Oct 11
alexxx46 wrote an interseting post, as I too see
Qihoo versions coming and going. I don't know why.
Plus 5 Anti-Virus engines at once, seem a little
bit extreme. So after a new OS I needed one AV
quick so I went with Microsoft Anti-virus, as I
looked around. But soon I never looked back. It
Updated my Windows Firewall and it was small and
free. A Full scan takes a while, but no biggie. I
never got one problem for 2 Years, But so sad
it will go away soon. All those Microsoft expire
times really make me mad. Windows 10 is coming. So
I wonder what a Nightmares will come with it ? We
only have a Year.

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Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors 8 months 3 weeks ago v.laurie CursorFX is not compatible with Windows 8 according to the Stardock site. view
Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors 8 months 3 weeks ago Alan Wade

CursorFX cuts it for me: http://www.stardock.com/products/cursorfx/

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Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors 8 months 3 weeks ago Rick Grunwald

My Malwarebytes doesn't flag it. Sergey is a good guy and makes some awesome treaking software. It is good enough that some companies have inserted some of his code into PAID programs

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Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors 8 months 3 weeks ago Skrell1

Please post link? :)

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago craig720

I tried to download 360 Total Security, but my firewall, Comodo, blocked it as unsafe. This rarely happens, and when it does, I am blocked from visiting. Why in the world would my firewall declare the contents of 360safe.com to be "Prohibited Content?"

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Best Free Registry Cleaner 8 months 3 weeks ago master.shan87

I have been working as a certified Microsoft technician for the past 11 and a half years now. I have tried all of these and PC Health Boost is hands down the best. I suggest downloading it here http://www.computerguruhelp.com/pchealthboost and running a scan on your pc. it only takes a few minutes.

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Press Releases 8 months 3 weeks ago Basserne

PRESS RELEASE The Netherlands, October 10, 2015

Manxs Interim Partners B.V.

SPIDERPIG

THE GENUINE REAL-TIME GPS MESSENGER

The Dutch company Manxs launches SpiderPig (Bèta): an innovative messenger app that offers genuine real-time GPS properties combined with a real-time messenger. SpiderPig is free of charge and available for iPhone and Android.

SpiderPig enables users to view the whereabouts of their friends, families and business contacts on the map and send them an instant message. It takes just one tap from “chat to map” or “from map to chat”!

SpiderPig allows users to actually track all contacts, provided their GPS is switched on, and follow their trail with a precision of just a few meters.

SpiderPig is designed as a very user-friendly app, with intuitive icons that are easy to grasp. To provide privacy – and to avoid an empty battery – contacts go “off map” as soon as they switch off the app and/or GPS.

The app has many clever features, like creating groups to share messages. SpiderPig even calculates the distance between the user and a contact. Of course users can insert their unique picture in their personal settings and have an option to add a catchy SpiderPig line to their contact details.

Other features include:

- Chat with family/friends/business contacts
- Voice messaging
- Send photos
- Create and change your own profile photo
- Create and change your username
- Create a group chat
- See how close by your contacts are
- See the country / city where your contacts are
- Turn your location OFF, or turn your location OFF per person

SpiderPig is available as per the 10th of October 2014 in following stores:

· Apple Appstore

· Google Playstore

SpiderPig will be available in 12 languages:

· Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

The app is FREE of costs.

For more information and high-resolution images, please contact:

Bas Serné

Marketing Director

bas@manxs.com

Manxs Interim Partners B.V.

Cornelis Speelmanlaan 6

2024AP Haarlem

The Netherlands

www.spiderpigapp.com

Not for publication.

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Best Free PC Games 8 months 3 weeks ago lorrainewatson

I have 2 daughter ages 4 and 7, and I am meticulous when it comes to PC games they are playing. Aside from giving them limited access and hours playing PC, I also encouraged them to just play education and fund games from http://www.igamesforgirls.com/.

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Forget Windows 10. Try Out Windows 1.01 Instead! 8 months 3 weeks ago ichabod

I liked that old clock.exe program.

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Train Your Brain While Playing Games 8 months 3 weeks ago rickybobby

I appreciate the offer Midnightcowboy, but I'm just an average android user and my contributions would be close to none as I'm a newbie in the android world. That's why I relied on lists like this one to find good free stuff because most of the sites I checked enjoy listing paid and fremium apps. Finding 100 % free, good apps nowadays is hard, and your weekly lists filled that gap. My 'rant' was based on the lower quality of some of the latest recommended apps as their real-world utility was close to non-existant. My guess is your previous lists spoiled us a bit :P.

I've seen some interesting apps posted in the forum too, and that could be a good option to find or write about new apps because the way I see it, a lot of people prefer the articles over the forum posts, at least that's what I can infer from the number of reads.

Gizmo's is still great and the volunteers have a tough job, so kudos for them. Just don't lower the bar you've previously set!

Warm regards

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Two Amazing, Yet Different, Examples Of Computer Graphics 8 months 3 weeks ago Fairportfan

I haven't checked the link, but i think it's a newer one with more interactions.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 3 weeks ago SwanKnight

Will do and you're welcomed.

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See All The Newspaper Front Pages You Want, For Free 8 months 3 weeks ago pecarroll

For front pages try www.newseum.com, then scroll around to find the "Front Pages" link. It doesn't go into the rest of the paper, only the front page.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 3 weeks ago Chiron That is a false positive from Comodo SecureDNS. I have reported it to them as a false positive. Hopefully the detection will be removed in the next few days. If detection is not removed within 5 days please let me know. If it takes that long to remove a false detection I would rather advise people to not use the SecureDNS, but disable that particular feature. Thus, please keep me updated about this detection. Thank you. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 3 weeks ago SwanKnight

I tried it today briefly but it was disappointing. During the initial scan it stated that it found and cleaned 16 infected files which is highly unlikley considering the semi-empty PC I was testing it on, but even when I opened its log, it was empty. Also, the fact it has no options to speak of leaves a lot to be desired.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 3 weeks ago SwanKnight

I tried to download Qihoo's 360 Total Security to test it but I got this warning message from Comodo SecureDNS:

http://i.imgur.com/EFZh4aa.png

Any idea what's this all about?

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See All The Newspaper Front Pages You Want, For Free 8 months 3 weeks ago Quetzalcoatl

An even better one : http://en.kiosko.net/ (in English)

Plus it has the real covers of ALL the newspapers and links to the sites.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago eikelein

Not responding to any post in general:

Where there is smoke there is fire.

I don't believe ANYbody can make me believe a Chinese company more than I believe Microsoft; and that is MINUS ZERO.

I may be a grumpy old man but still...

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago George.J The comment being made by the moderator references to pre-dated articles so it's not something that's recent. Back in China, there is a cut throat competition among the various AV vendors and technological companies. They have been known to run smear campaigns with sometimes false info against each other. If you simply take a look at every country's Antivirus market, there is indeed tough competition, but that doesn't mean that every company suddenly started offering other software's free of cost. Most top AV products has a paid version, but not Qihoo (and Baidu). Qihoo always believed that their antivirus software should be free for the users. They are just attacking them because they are jealous of their successful business model where nobody thought it would be possible. Now Qihoo is also expanding globally and they hate it that's why. Time and again representatives at Qihoo has clarified these reports such as these: http://corp.360.cn/news/eng/qihoo360article_c2.html view
This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago eikelein

Well, but you can turn it on, separate for private and public networks even.
Control Panel > Windows Firewall > Change notification settings > Check mark by "Notify me ... "

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago alexxx46

A more recent opinion, by Bleeping Computer General Moderator:

Qihoo is a Chinese-based provider of free security and Anti-virus software (360 Total Security, 360 Internet Security, 360 Browser, 360 Security, 360 Mobile Safe, 360 Vault, etc). There has been a lot of controversy surrounding Qihoo to include it's reporting other anti-virus software and search tools as being malicious, deceptive marketing practices and various privacy issues. http://bit.ly/ZhTFU6

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Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 3 weeks ago SwanKnight

Thanks for the clarifying that, it's good to know.

What about my second question? It's really crucial for my choice process.

"Also, could you state which antivirus require yearly (free) registration (such as Avast) in order to continue to function? Because the "set-and-forget" is an important factor for me since I tend to install AV on several PCs."

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Best Free Digital Image Editor 8 months 3 weeks ago Remah I won't be reviewing G'MIC or any similar product. G'MIC would only be a "digital image editor" in the broadest sense of the term. Technically it is an "image processor" which we don't have an article for. It could also be more easily compared with "image converters" but we don't have an article for that software either. The command-line version of G'MIC uses the G'MIC (of the same name) C++ library and it is one of several different interfaces. The command-line interface is a command interpreter where the programmed instructions are executed as they are entered. Another interface is a gmic_gimp plug-in for GIMP which is an "image editor" recommended in this article. view
Best Free Software for Linux 8 months 3 weeks ago Panzer Edit - a relaxing mix of Vi & Acme: http://c9x.me/edit/ view
Best Free Software for Linux 8 months 3 weeks ago Panzer transfer.sh - Command-line file sharing: https://transfer.sh/ view
Best Free Software for Linux 8 months 3 weeks ago Panzer git-sh - a customized bash shell suitable for git work: https://github.com/rtomayko/git-sh view
Best Free Software for Linux 8 months 3 weeks ago Panzer "... Are you looking for a command that you used recently? Do you want to avoid the need to write long commands over and over again despite you used them recently? Are you looking for a tool that is able to manage your favorite commands? HSTR is a command line utility that brings improved BASH command completion from the history. It aims to make completion easier and more efficient than Ctrl-r ...": https://github.com/dvorka/hstr view
Best Free PC Games 8 months 3 weeks ago Panzer "... Mutant Factions is an online top-down shooter. The gameplay is unique because you don’t play as a man, but as a mutant. Killing enemies lets you mutate and unlock crazy skills, making for intense and tactical combat ...": http://mutantfactions.net/ view
Best Free Digital Image Editor 8 months 3 weeks ago Panzer G'mic - a Command Prompt image editor: http://gmic.sourceforge.net/ http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Image-Convertors/G-MIC.s... view
Best Free Software for Linux 8 months 3 weeks ago Panzer "... OpenAxiom is an open source platform for symbolic, algebraic, and numerical computations. It offers an interactive environment, an expressive programming language, a compiler, a large set of mathematical libraries of interest to researchers and practitioners of computational sciences. OpenAxiom strives to support ubiquitous, advanced, high quality open source computer algebra on major operating systems, in particular major Unix variants, GNU/Linux variants, Windows, and handheld devices. It aims at being the open source computer algebra system of choice for research, teaching, engineering, etc. ...": http://www.open-axiom.org/ view
Two Amazing, Yet Different, Examples Of Computer Graphics 8 months 3 weeks ago George.J I've seen the second one (Stickman) a long time before. It was quite funny. view
This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago George.J I get my samples from MalwareTips: http://malwaretips.com/ It's an amazing community with interesting discussions....Scroll down to Virus Exchange under Malware Hub category. view
This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago eikelein

George,

I misspoke, my apology.
I have plenty computer systems but no virus infected files to test an AV against.

Would you by chance know where I could get such files from? ;;-)

But jokes aside, I rather rely on others doing that sort of thing; I don't have the time and the energy to re-invent AV testing.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago George.J Try GlassWire. It has a simple firewall, although not your typical one, but mainly a Network Security monitor, it's a lovely tool to see what apps uses your network, and this too in incredible detail. You could use it with Windows Firewall and will notify you whenever an application tries to connect to the internet. It was posted as a Hot Find last month here: See How Your PC Uses The Internet In Incredible Detail view
This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago George.J Try testing it for viruses on a Virtual Machine. view
This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago George.J This is old news... Since then... These applications were taken offline by Apple from its iTunes App Store on February 4, 2012 due to unusual user rating activities by unknown sources on certain Qihoo 360 applications. The Company directly contacted Apple officials in the United States on February 6, 2012 and resolved the issue. Apple started the process of reinstating Qihoo 360's mobile applications shortly thereafter. The Company was not asked to modify any of these applications. view
The Most Detailed Hard Disk Usage Analyzer I've Ever Seen 8 months 3 weeks ago pvilan

Thanks Paul for contacting us.
After Rob advised us, I have been using portable version of Xinorbis every time I have to manage my files.
I am going back to your web site and see how to make a donation (according to my possibilities. I am retired now).
Thanks for your efforts to develop this application.

Peter

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago richardlatu

Dear George

Thank you for this article. I have been using Avast! for a while now and it does give me some pain at times. So I thought when reading your aticle that now it is time for a change. I am looking forward to using this free AV.

Regards

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago famewolf

The fact the win 7 default one does not give me an interactive popup on outgoing connection from an app and offer me the chance to block the connection to apps that should not be trying to get to the net.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 3 weeks ago Chiron Thank you for reminding me of MSE. I have now added it to the article as one of the AV's I looked into, but which have protection scores which are too low for me to recommend. The problem with MSE is that although it is very easy to use, the protection rating for MSE is lower than the vast majority of tested AV's. Thus, I would highly advise against using MSE. It used to be good, but has now fallen very far behind the rest in terms of true protection. Some tests even use it as the baseline against which all others are compared. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 3 weeks ago SwanKnight

I am still curious as to why "MSE" isn't included in that list? It remains to this day one of my favorites and from my experience it proved to be an excellent set-and-forget free antivirus.

Also, could you state which antivirus require yearly (free) registration (such as Avast) in order to continue to function? Because the "set-and-forget" is an important factor for me since I tend to install AV on several PCs.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago eikelein

@George:

Sounds too good to be true. And my not too limited experience tells me that mostly this is a red flag; well, at least an orange warning flag.

Too bad I don't have a virus test bed available, would love to try it. With "test bed" I mean a working system that I would not care about crashing or the like.

I have a proven, trusted AV on my production system and will not jeopardize this system by trying AVs.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago eikelein

@famewolf:
Assuming that you have a Vista/Win7 or 8 system:
What in all the world keeps you from using the built-in Windows firewall? It has worked flawlessly since Windows XP's Service Pack 2.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago eikelein

@Northwolfecnd
As another old timer I mostly agree.
I want to add that a GOOD anti virus program is just that, anti virus, and not a nanny that attempts to protect people from themselves. Has never worked and never will work.
But at this time and age running a home computer without a resident anti virus program? IMHO Highly risky for the average Jean/Joe.
My thousands of customers over 11 years never had a problem with Microsoft Security Essentials resp. Windows Defender on Win8/10.

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The Most Detailed Hard Disk Usage Analyzer I've Ever Seen 8 months 3 weeks ago MrFresh

Hello!

I'm Paul, the developer of Xinorbis. Thanks for the review, it's always nice to see that someone is using something that you've spent hundreds of hours working on.

I didn't know about the McAfee rating, but I assure you that the installer and zip files are free from all bad things!

If you have any comments or suggestions then PLEASE, PLEASE, email me. The software gets download 1000 times a day (and that's just from my site), but I get very little feedback (or *cough* donations *cough*). I know it's not perfect, and the manual needs updating, so please send me your comments, good or bad!

What features are missing? What would you like to see added next?

Paul

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago gurutoo

Good free AV software has been around for over a decade with Avast and AVG both being high quality old timers up to the task. I've been running Avast for quite a while now and wanted to try something new. After installing and running this 360 total security, I uninstalled Avast. I'll be using and recommending this software to my friends and customers.

Best regards.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago famewolf

So what's the best "simple" firewall to use alongside this antivirus? Just stick to the one built into win 7? I currently made the mistake of installing comodo on my HTPC and had to put it into game mode just to get it to shut up so we could watch shows without all the popups.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago Northwolfecnd

All Antivirus are worst then 99.9% of the viruses. They are a constant annoyance, and the apps that have a greater impact on your PC. I am a veteran, started way before Windows even existed. Never had a virus panic, some minor inconveniences nothing more. Never used one of these over-bloated programs, which are, generally, worse then the viruses they are supposed to be protecting against.
The best Antivirus on the planet is common sense, and an array of small purpose-built programs to occasionally check your system. Never any program that has an active presence, and eats up huge amounts of resources.
Cheers.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 3 weeks ago Leigh25

I too intensely dislike the newer Avast. I used to work really well, but starting this year (even though they said they still supported Windows XP) every attempted update crashes and will not complete. Secondly, it is constantly trying to change my search page to Bing or Yahoo will and not allow my current Google. I have read complaints from others who state that once having allowed the changes they cannot be undone. Point 3, the newest update has severely slowed my ability to use the internet and even do anything locally on my machine (once I uninstalled Avast, everything returned to usual).
I will no longer use Avast! Especially since the recommend Yahoo and not Google. I no longer use Yahoo because of spam issues.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 3 weeks ago SwanKnight

Indeed, I wanted to try it several times but was unable to due to that problem.
In any case, I'm glad I could help.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago alexxx46

Qihoo's track record doesn’t seem encouraging. All seven apps of Qihoo’s were removed from Apple’s App Store in Feburary 2012 for manipulating rankings. In January 2013, its apps except the cloud-based storage app were taken off from the App Store again. - http://bit.ly/1o1wucD

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Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 3 weeks ago Chiron Thank you very much for the digging. I was unaware of this problem. However, I have now added a link to the post you discovered to the article. I'm sure this will help many others who otherwise would not have been able to use this quality software. Thanks again. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 3 weeks ago SwanKnight

Not possible, all three computers I tested this issue on they are in English.

I also just tested right now on my own laptop (running Windows 8.1 x64) and I'm having the exact same issue.

Screenshot (before): http://i.imgur.com/JZInEn8.png

However I managed to find a workaround for this issue here:

http://forum.bitdefender.com/index.php?s=062f69887726794a3d52beac180a072...

Screenshot (after): http://i.imgur.com/aaOoAgd.png

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Best Free Internet Security Suite 8 months 3 weeks ago SwanKnight

It's sad there aren't many security products that offers an integrated firewall. That being said, I've used "ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall" before and my experience with it has been positive.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago George.J I've corrected about the weak PUP detection in the article, and removed it from CON's. I've tested with few more samples, and Qihoo did detect them all. The detection is good especially if you've all the engines online. Honestly PUP's are hard to detect, and even so it could lead to false-positives, which is why most antiviruses has this option turned off by default. view
This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago subtext

Agreeing with Zenegog, really need an update of top freeware and paid AV, preferably those truly clean and without added nonsense such as registry cleaners, etc.
To a good week,

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Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 3 weeks ago Chiron That's strange. Is it possible that it is detecting the language of the systems you are installing it to? What is the set language of the OS you are installing to? Also, if anyone else has experienced this same issue with Bitdefender Free please respond and let me know. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 3 weeks ago SwanKnight

I always download it from Bitdefender's official website: http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/free.html

Thanks for pointing that out, I will check the other article.

One more thing, I'm curious as to why "MSE" isn't included in that list? From my experience it's an excellent set-and-forget antivirus and correct me if I'm wrong but I believe it has been integrated in Windows 8 and higher.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 3 weeks ago Chiron That's a strange problem to have with Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition. If you don't mind me asking, where did you download the installer from? As for ZoneAlarm® Free Antivirus + Firewall, sadly it's not suitable for this article as it's more of an Internet Security Software than a straightforward antivirus program. This is a distinction we make with this article because all of these software must be able to run with a firewall of the users choice. For the article on the Best Free Internet Security Suite (which includes ZoneAlarm) please see here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-internet-security-suit... Thank you. view
This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago BearPup

I agree with those pointing to what's missing, especially the missing firewall, which continues to lack a lot of freeware choices. I also look at PUP detection needing an increase in strength, not a weakened version.

Sigh! But I do appreciate the review.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 3 weeks ago SwanKnight

"Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition" has a serious problem, I tested it on three different computers running Windows 7 x64, and on each one the program/installer was in Romanian and the option to change the language was greyed out, this issue has been there ever since it came out and I never managed to find a solution for it.

Also, I'd like to know your thoughts on "ZoneAlarm® Free Antivirus + Firewall 2015" I've used it in the past and my experience with it was quite positive.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 8 months 3 weeks ago SwanKnight

Seems interesting, but since an integrated "Firewall" is crucial to me, "ZoneAlarm® Free Antivirus + Firewall 2015" seems to be a solid/better option.

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Best Free Internet Security Suite 8 months 3 weeks ago freestuffrocks

In my experience Comodo has been significantly more problematic to uninstall/install than other security software, even when using Chiron's guide. True, this isn't something that will be encountered every day, but it may well come as a nasty shock when the time comes to update to a new version. In order for people to be able to decide for themselves whether this laborious, complex and frequently unreliable procedure is a price worth paying for an excellent free security suite, this is Chiron's CIS update guide:

http://forums.comodo.com/install-setup-configuration-help-cis/most-effec...

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