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Best Free Hard Drive Health Monitoring and Diagnostic Programs 3 years 3 weeks ago Philo Vance

HDDScan would not run at all on my Vista Business machine. To add insult to injury, I had to reboot in order to erase it. If you look at the user forum for the product, it's full of spam. Clearly, no one is watching. Looks like abandonware to me.

I just hope it wasn't a virus.

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Best Free Hard Drive Health Monitoring and Diagnostic Programs 1 year 11 months ago Gil Mensch

I just downloaded HWMonitor from the same people who do CPUID. It seems pretty good. It gives you information on lots of "stuff" inside your computer: disk drives, your CPU, fans, power supply, etc. Specifically, HWMonitor provides info on temperatures, electrical measurements, fan speeds, CPU frequencies, and core utilizations. It updates the display every 1/2 second or so. The free version does not see my USB-connected drives. The app is actively being maintained. The current version was released a few months ago. The installer didn't try to foist any unrelated software on me (yay!). Go to http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html to download.

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Best Free Hard Drive Health Monitoring and Diagnostic Programs 1 year 4 months ago jamak

The author of CrystalDisk has put up a comment on the download page (http://crystalmark.info/download/index-e.html) concerning OpenCandy:

[2016/02/10] Removed Ads (OpenCandy) from Installers of CrystalDiskInfo & CrystalDiskMark.

Please check this up and update your information if appropriate.

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Best Free Hard Drive Health Monitoring and Diagnostic Programs 1 year 4 months ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for the information. The product details have now been updated. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Hard Drive Health Monitoring and Diagnostic Programs 1 year 3 weeks ago crombierob

Do thumb drives have sensors for temperature ?
Do any of the above programs display the temperature ?
The reason I ask is the SanDisk Ultra Fit range (also their OTGs) can get hot enough to burn flesh.
I don't care about the burns, but I am concerned that stored data could be lost (also write/transfer speed suffers when they get very hot)

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Best Free Hard Drive Health Monitoring and Diagnostic Programs 6 months 3 weeks ago rocks911

Is Crystaldiskinfo Windows 10 compatible? I havent seen it mentioned.

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Best Free Hard Drive Health Monitoring and Diagnostic Programs 6 months 2 weeks ago Joe A.TT

Yes. It is compatible with Windows 10.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 2 years 1 week ago sbwhiteman

VPNBook is PC Magazine's Editor's Choice for free VPNs. Any chance it will be reviewed somewhere at Gizmo's?

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 1 year 4 months ago Laurazz

I am using Hide My IP, I asked this question, they said they just keep a minimal information (just log time). When Hide My IP ( or whatever service) runs, it sets your web browser proxy settings to show a fake IP from our IP database. You will then be able to browse the Internet anonymously.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 1 year 3 months ago michaeltango

If your interested in free information on VPN's go to duckduckgo and type in - That One Privacy Guy's VPN Comparison Chart. This guy done alot of free work to help you out picking a VPN.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 4 years 6 months ago bellhop

There is now a new reason to browse anonymously: dynamic pricing! More people are telling me that when shopping on-line, if they show a lot of interest in a product, the price goes up! If you encounter dynamic pricing, then you might want to do your comparison shopping anonymously and only expose yourself when you are ready to make the actual purchase. It would not surprise me at all if web sites are checking the price that you were quoted at a competing site.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 4 years 6 months ago gen-X That is very interesting indeed. I am not entirely surprised to hear about this, but you have confirmed my suspicions for sure. This is just another good reason why anonymous browsing is worthwhile, as you have stated. Thank you for sharing with us. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 4 years 6 months ago MidnightCowboy Indeed a good point and worth bearing in mind too that supposedly non-related sites might be linked. Certainly this applies to Casas Bahia, Pontofrio and Extra.com in Brazil. I recently bookmarked a desktop offer page while I was checking out the specs elsewhere. When I went back to it the following day, the price at all three sites had gone up and yet when I connected using my laptop and mobile broadband, the original offer was still available. :) view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 4 years 5 months ago gzmhanu

please edit @ SecurityKiss 300mb/day is cons

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 4 years 5 months ago gamingexpert13

You need to edit the part that says:
"Services like HideMy*** can be seen as trustworthy, as they have a good track record in the business of anonymisation and proxies."

That is completely false. They aid authorities in your arrest if they dislike what you did "anonymously". Read this: theatlanticwire.com/technology/2011/09/lulzsec-hacker-exposed-service-he-thought-would-hide-him/42895/

No matter the rationalization HideMyAss uses, this comment sums it up: "If hidemyass turns their users in and logs them for every access, then hidemyass is not 100% anonymous as they claim."

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 4 years 5 months ago gen-X Hi, gamingexpert13. I can appreciate your angst. I share it. The quote was not mine, but it appeared before I assumed this position. Even so, I am not going to dodge my responsibility because it is still up there, and I am now here. I read the article. News articles about controversial subjects are seldom unbiased. Am I correct in assuming that your disagreement is with the claim in regard to HideMy*** only, or are you claiming more broadly in general that VPN services should not be trusted ipso facto? The distinction is important. If this VPN service kept logs above and beyond those required by law and then handed them over to legal authorities promiscuously because it was convenient, that would be a violation of "trust", not an exemplary exercise of it such as we should expect of a service alleging to be supportive of anonymity. Can you provide me with any other factual evidence substantiating your claim that HideMy*** is not in this sense trustworthy? I would like to see more information about this incident or something else about this company along these lines. Thanks. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 4 years 5 months ago mr6n8 This is the company's response to the publicity from that incident. http://blog.hidemyass.com/2011/09/23/lulzsec-fiasco/ HMA does "log the time you connect and disconnect from our service, we do not log in any shape or form your actual internet traffic." I do not know what the UK (location of HMA) laws are regarding records. HMA says they keep the logs to prevent abuse. I do know quite a few other VPNs maintain no logs, but that may have to do with their jurisdiction. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 4 years 5 months ago Juxxize when I use bittorrent in my case qbittorrent I really don't like the idea other folks can see my ip address which one of these options if any could i use to hide my ip , i really only need it for my bittorrent traffic and not all my internet tranffic. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 4 years 5 months ago Juxxize some people say 'i don't mind if websites can see my ip address i have nothing to hide' well after reading that maybe they too will understand why all this needless tracking of our online activity's need to stop, i hate the feeling i'm constantly being watched by big brother , i don't mind CCTV in shopping centers i can see them but it's all this hidden tracking that goes on online that really doesn't sit right with, the trouble is to be hidden online can really slow down your browsing and most people prefer speed to privacy, and i'll be honest i'm one of them people #hangs her head in shame# view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 4 years 5 months ago gen-X Hi, Juxxize. If you want to do torrents anonymously, the best choice for you is likely to be I2P, available freely from here: http://www.i2p2.de/. This product is well respected among many aficionados of anonymity. It is maintained regularly, and a new update just came out a few days ago. Take a good look at the website. There is a good installer and it has a torrenting program, and there is plenty of support for you. Thanks for participating at Gizmo's. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 4 years 5 months ago gen-X Hi, Juxxize. I feel your pain! You're not alone, even when it seems that way. I'm not sure what you use for anonymity when browsing, but if you have a fast connection to begin with, you should be able to maintain a goodly amount of anonymity without compromising your experience all that much. Anonymity is not an all or nothing condition. It is relative. Acquiring it requires not just changing one or another software programs, but in changing your mindset. You have to change habits, settings and behavior. You have to start thinking about it in all that you do, asking yourself about how you might be revealing traces of your identity and activity in ways that you prefer to avoid. The primary means by which others learn about you is through your browser and your browsing activities. Focus on it at first and continually. Ask questions about it here and other places where the subject of anonymity is discussed. It is not as restrictive as it might seem. For starters, one thing to keep in mind is that you should avoid doing things that allow you to be partitioned. You want rather to be inconspicuous and to blend in as part of as large a group as possible. You don't want something about you to stand out atypically of others around you. For example, you may want to avoid referring to your gender as female by using personal pronouns such as you did with "her" and "she" because typically it is men who blend in together online and women immediately draw more interest and attention. Avoid it if you can. Likewise, you do not want to have the appearance of using software programs that partition you uniquely or into a smaller group than the average person might use. This does not mean that you have to use an average software program; it means you have "to appear" to use one, or to conceal that you are not, and that is different than actually using one. Thanks for participating at Gizmo's. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 4 years 5 months ago crazykiwi

Hi gen-x. Thanks for the reports and the q&a!

I have recently tried Hot Spot Shield and Cyberghost and found the following:

HSS works and is fast but I don't trust them. They are Canadian and I think that the government is more insidious than the US without the personal freedoms of the constitution. They seem to want a lot of info and they log a lot.

The big thing I found is that they BLOCK all bit-torrent. I read every document I could find and no where does it tell you this. They say they block some things they consider illegal. Bit-torrent is not illegal and they should keep their nose out of peoples private online activities, especially when they take money to provide premium services without telling you what they block!

Free Cyberghost works great and pretty much as you described but it is not limited to Germany. In the free version it will not let you choose your server but the default server always seems to be the closest one to your location. I have also not been limited to 1gb. You do have to register but you do not have give valid information and the user information gets you logged on just fine.

Some service that require specific information won't work (email) but they let you exclude specific domains so you can pass thru your email if you choose. This also works well. I think they are doing some kind of split tunneling to achieve that.

Thanks again!

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 4 years 5 months ago Juxxize thanks for the reply gen-x, very interesting fact about the 'her-she' thing , i found out this the hard way on xboxlive of all places ha ha, i feel safe on her here because we are all nice and you guys/ gals are my buddy's :). i'm not really bothered to if i'm not anonymous when browsing un-less i want to view an american video in you-tube or somewhere that i get 'video not available in your country' message then i kick in a proxy . Browsing is actually better if the internet knows where i am because it shows me stuff that's relevant to my location for example with shopping and news. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 4 years 2 months ago szsjq

I would suggest adding http://www.VPNBook.com to the list. VPNBook provides free PPTP or OpenVPN service and has servers in three countries. As PPTP client is included in most operating systems and OpenVPN is an open source project, no propriety software is needed.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 4 years 1 month ago The_Blode

Most of the information here hasn't been updated in 2 years (since I originally wrote the article). Use caution and judgement when choosing your program as the services may well have changed over those 2 years too. If the mods need any ideas on how to revamp this article, drop me a line.

Blode.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 4 years 3 weeks ago syah

can you help me. I can not play the game online using my college server .. please help me :'(

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 4 years 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy We are unable to service support requests here in the comments. Please start a topic for this in our forum. MC - Site Manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/ view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 4 years 1 week ago mkg_just4u

what about http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SRWare_Iron

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 3 years 12 months ago Wolfram

I just have found an interesting article about 'How to protect ourselves from hackers'. It is available here:

http://blog.hotspotshield.com/2013/08/08/how-to-protect-yourself-from-ha...

One quote from the article:

"According to the Trustwave’s 2013 Global Security Report, cyber-security threats are increasing as quickly as we can implement measures against them. Hackers have lots of different ways to steal your private data and information. And the main reason why hackers go after your personal information is identity theft!

Over the past year, there have been roughly 12.6 million victims of identity theft – or, to put it into perspective, one victim every three seconds. No matter how safe you think you’re being online, chances are you’re making at least a few mistakes that compromise the integrity of your personal information."

About Hotspot Shield:

"Hotspot Shield VPN is the ultimate Internet security solution that secures your browsing session, detects and blocks malware, protects your privacy and allows you to access blocked sites. Hotspot Shield is available both as a free VPN and a paid Hotspot Shield Elite subscription.

Key Benefits to using Hotspot Shield:

- Secure your web session, data, online shopping, and personal information online with HTTPS encryption.

- Protect yourself from identity theft online.

- Secure your IP address for your privacy online and private browsing.

- Access all content privately without censorship; bypass firewalls.

- Protect yourself from snoopers at Wi-Fi hotspots, hotels, airports and corporate offices.

- VPN client works on both wireless and wired connections. Provides Unlimited Bandwidth. [!!]

- Works on PC and Mac, including new operating systems (Windows 8 and Mountain Lion)."

Even if their product has received many awards - including from CNN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week Intl. -, I would like that the editor of this rubric to test the FREE version of Hotspot Shield; and then, to tell us his opinion about the program.-

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 3 years 11 months ago Wolfram

For those tempted to use TOR:

"Snoops can identify Tor users given enough time, experts say"

http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/09/snoops-can-identify-tor-users-gi...

A recent academic paper shows “that Tor faces even greater risks from traffic correlation than previous studies suggested.” In other words, one of the world's best tools for keeping online speech anonymous is at risk in a previously known—but now even clearer—fashion...

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 3 years 10 months ago not recognized

"i don't mind CCTV in shopping centers "

i bloody well mind

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 3 years 10 months ago not recognized

It seems there is a lot of contradictory info going around. As has been noted elsewhere, there isn't any body to consistently benchmark and evaluate the VPNs according to speed, logging, anonymity etc.

Here's another article I've found with different info again about Hotspot Shield. The upshot is no, probably not the most trustworthy one out there and not the most anonymous. In cahoots with google according to this http://howtodoit.eu/learn-how-to-install-and-use-hotspot-shield-vpn-soft...

It stuffs up -well not IT exactly, but google- stuff up gmail in the email client, because of their infuriatingly intrusive geolocation login validation 4rsholery. Apparently doesn't work with Bittorrent. therefore those who also don't really need it for general surfing may judge it not much use.

I wonder whether more voracious reading of user comments will elucidate things or whether there's just a whole tangle of misinformation out there.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 3 years 9 months ago jmjsquared

I *love* your reviews: Detailed, broad coverage and, most importantly, unequivocal and expertly opinionated. You saved me an hour of headaches and a bottle of aspirin re-re-researching the state of VPNs today.

SecurityKiss is my (current) VPN of choice based on their adequate server facilities in my locale, unlimited/unthrottled bandwidth, the simplicity and elegance of their GUI and ease of configuration. I'll stick with them for now, not the least because of this review.

Thank you and all the excellent Commenters. Gushing finished.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 3 years 8 months ago predator 00728

Hello guys.Yes i'm quiet interested too in stealth surfing;and the best about my personal view is spotflux.Spotflux vpn is an absolutely free vpn at 0 coast.Fast and reliable with a bith of installing problem with the older version.The new release is quiet reliable and change tour ip adress immediately and you are encripted.Very good.To give an eample like to watch HULU.com tv outside the US is impossible but with spotflux you get doesn,t matter where you are.Like a lot of you guys i tried a lot vpn software,but mainly i.have been unsutisfied.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 3 years 7 months ago hack-club

thanksssssssss

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 3 years 6 months ago cpuking

To Predator 00728,

I wish to thank you for your suggestion of Spotflux. I have been playing with VPN's and proxy servers for six months now. I have used every VPN on this review page, plus others that are not here at one time or the other, but ended up deleting them for one reason or the other. Spotflux is the only one that has meet all of my criteria for what I want in a VPN.

I now have what I consider to be a perfect setup for me. I have Squid 2.7 for cache catching, and blocking HTTP_headers. I have Privoxy and AdblockPlus for blocking ads. Now thanks to you Predator, I have added the final piece of the puzzle, which is Spotflux, that changes my IP address. All of this for FREE !!

I wish to also thank the editor of this page for all of his hard work. There are some real good VPN's reviewed on this page, that can meet a lot of the needs of the readers of this page. Thank you all !!

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 3 years 3 months ago ryan39d

I been using SecurityKiss for the past months but then last week something weird happened - I am automatically disconnected every unknown minutes, even though I am connected to the internet. And this morning, as I am using the service, it always disconnect, thus, risking my connection. What is happening to SecurityKiss?

For now, I am using Tor Browser Bundle (as I write this). And I did not find any problem with this. As for the speed, it is okay (beyond medium, with the fact that I am using broadband). This Tor is promising.

My suggestion: Please update this, because some of the programs are updated - like Cyberghost which is in 5.*, SecurityKiss is i 0.3.0 and Tor Browser Bundle which is 3.6.

Anyway, thank you for the list. Keep up the good work. :)

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 3 years 3 months ago jlhns

I used Ultrasurf and then tested it at ip-check.info. It displayed Ultrasurf's anonymized IP address, and right below, it displayed my real IP address and location.
So my question is: What good is Utrasurf?

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 3 years 1 month ago AJNorth

Greetings,

Has anyone any experience with ChrisPC Free Anonymous Proxy (http://proxy.chris-pc.com/), or might it be added to the queue for inclusion in a future review?

Thank you!

Regards,

AJN

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 3 years 1 month ago ironmac85

hi guys,new here,,ive heard good and bad about vpn's like everyone,,tried and tested quite a few too,,hotspotshield,expatshield are a no no,,your true IP is'nt truely hidden,,chrispc i have'nt tested,but heard not so good things.gonna try some others and see how good they stand up,but it always depends what u want them for,,feedback welcome x

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 2 years 10 months ago saatdhaan

Chris PC I haven't tried for a few years but this may be useful:

If you are going to install it, check the Privacy Agreement and see if you are about to accept a company called "Relevant Knowledge" is going to be allowed to track and retain every site you surf.

If you have installed it and review the above and decide to uninstall it, after you have uninstalled it, go to Windows Services and see if there's a programme called "Relevant Knowledge" set to "automatic" (automatically load on boot). If there is, set it to "disabled".

Of course they may not still do this or the name may have changed but worth looking.

I thought it a bit odd for an anonymous surfing proxy to be recording every site I surfed.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 2 years 8 months ago TeaTimer

Does anyone have experience with either the Anonymox extension or the Anonymouse search engine? If yes, how much privacy/anonymity do each provide?

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 2 years 8 months ago viveksingh

Yes, these are the most essential software and program that we must have in our system. To make our data protected and secure we must have following software to install in our system.
It offers numerous advantages like:-
1. Security and safety.
2. Protect data from hacker.

So, if your in planning to have the secure system you must always go for such kind of software.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 2 years 6 months ago BilalGaditek

Nice Article,worth to read it, but i think it is a little bit outdated. Looking for your latest article about the VPN Service Providers.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 2 years 6 months ago The_Blode

I wrote this article 5 years ago and it's not changed all that much since it was written back when I was in University. It definitely needs a refresh. I'm willing to take this article on again if given the opportunity.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 2 years 6 months ago MidnightCowboy Hi The_Blode. It's great to see you back in circulation and thanks for offering to take back the review. :) Leave this with me and I'll get it sorted. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 2 years 6 months ago The_Blode Thanks MC nice to be back. :) @Everyone reading this article...expect a refresh of the current article with the tools I use myself for anonymity these days and expect me to go into some mobile anonymity choices which weren't necessarily popular when I first started this article. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 2 years 6 months ago Ratzo An interesting note from Securitykiss PPTP discontinued 2014-12-17 We knew for a long time that the PPTP connection method was very broken and since Snowden it was known that PPTP had been compromised by the NSA. In SecurityKISS we kept the PPTP service running because it was easiest to set up on mobile phones and tablets. We were warning users that they should not expect confidentiality from PPTP. It was targetted at users who needed to change their IP address for video streaming and where confidentiality was not of paramount importance. There is an old saying in the security world: "there is always a tradeoff between security and convenience". We believe we were standing too long on the wrong side of that tradeoff and today we concluded that the warning is not enough so we decided to discontinue PPTP service in SecurityKISS view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 2 years 5 months ago The_Blode Good shout. I will update this article accordingly. Thank you. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 2 years 2 months ago AJNorth

Security expert Brian Krebs has posted a highly-relevant article that those who visit this page would be well-advised to read, "“Free” Proxies Aren’t Necessarily Free" -- http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/06/free-proxies-arent-necessarily-free/ .

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 2 years 1 month ago Sputnik

As I am far from being an expert of VPNs, I have a simple question...

It is said that many VPN suppliers collects informations about you. Is that possible to conceal our true IP to a VPN supplier by using, beside the VPN itself, a software which has for unique task to change our IP ?

If these two softwares (VPN and IP hider) may work together, will the IP hider software change my IP between my computer and the VPN supplier or will it change the IP that the VPN supplier creates to hide my real IP ?

Please, I would like that nobody tells me that the VPN is supplying a new IP and that I don't need a IP hider, that is not the question here.

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 2 years 1 week ago toktok

At the comments about Safe-mail it is said you get "a whopping 3 MB of storage".
Surely you mean 3 GB?

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 1 year 10 months ago The_Blode

Nope...I meant 3MB. :)

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 1 year 10 months ago toktok

Oh, I see - you were being ironic ;-)

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 8 months 4 weeks ago Cooltrain

Hello,
You ask for feedback to improve articles here. Great.

First, thank you for a well written and informative article.
Secondly, in the article under emails, it states in several places a HEADS UP that an email is public: "all mailboxes are public." Could the author (or anyone else) elaborate please what this means in this specific context, as it is not clear.

Thank you.

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How to Backup the Windows Registry 5 months 2 weeks ago Sara john

Thank you for everything you offer information
But do I find a video explaining ??
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How to Backup the Windows Registry 4 years 4 months ago johnvk

ERUNT vs Tweaking.com Registry Backup?

ERUNT sounds great because it backups up the actual FILES rather than the "contents" and so if your system doesnt boot (and thus many other backup/restore methods are unavailable) you can use the venerable COPY dos command to restore. Or ERUNT.exe can do it for you.

But Tweaking.com (who's "Windows Repair (All In One)" is recommended on this site and i've used it twice with splended success) also has a Registry Backup. http://www.tweaking.com/articles/pagesprinter/tweaking_com_registry_back...

It talks about 2 possible problems with ERUNT

1. not backing up other users, just the current one.
2. perhaps invalidating other programs' handles (presumably to the registry)

Quoting that Tweaking.com page:

A lot of registry backup programs use the RegSaveKey API, such as ERUNT. When using the API you can only backup loaded registry files. [Only the current user's registry NTUSER.DAT file is loaded, and so only it is backed up.]

Tweaking.com - Registry Backup uses the volume shadow copy service instead. This allows perfect backups of the registry files and all profiles on the system.

...

Quote From Microsoft:
"Applications that back up or restore system state including system files and registry hives should use the Volume Shadow Copy Service instead of the registry functions."

"Using RegSaveKey together with RegRestoreKey to copy subtrees in the registry is not recommended. This method does not trigger notifications and can invalidate handles used by other applications."

By using the Volume Shadow Copy instead of the RegSaveKey API this registry backup program is safer to use.

End quote.

Have people used Tweaking.com Registry Backup and found it reliable, as they have ERUNT? Is it really safer than ERUNT, as its author claims? I'm not sure i *want* to trigger those notifications when i'm backing up the registry. That's nobody's business, right? But what about that "invalidate handles used by other applications"? I can see that might be a problem when *restoring* using RegRestoreKey--maybe that doesnt trigger the handle. But on save? Who needs to see that? Or is Micro$oft just trying to make sure *their* digital eyes see everything. So i would like opinions on this.

And the backing up of other users is valid, ERUNT even says so. http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/erunt.txt; What do people think of that?

(Also there is a comment on this page that appears to be spam with pseudo-legitimate text (probably to avoid auto-spam-detection): "Anonymous on 18. March 2009 - 0:12 (18073)")

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How to Backup the Windows Registry 4 years 4 months ago MidnightCowboy Beware of the scam "free scan for hidden Windows errors" link at the top of the Tweaking.com page containing their registry backup which points to a site with a deserved poor WOT (Web Of Trust) rating. Ethically compliant sites should not carry this rogue garbage just to make money. MC - Site Manager. http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/reimageplus.com?utm_source=addon&utm_c... view
How to Backup the Windows Registry 4 years 2 months ago SA Jack

In reference to johnvk's comments last month regarding Tweaking.com's Registry Backup. I've been using it for about 6-months. With very few exceptions, the backup works perfectly. The rare problems have to do with Volume Shadow Copy not working correctly. When that happens, I do get a backup of my account, however, other user accounts are excluded. I've seen one consistent possible problem that I've reported to Shane sometime back and that has to do with Windows Reliability Monitor showing an application error that the program "stopped working". This occurs every day, even though the registry backup and log files are fine. As yet the problem has not been addressed. Check to see if this is a problem on your system as well. I'm running Windows 8 Pro x64. -SA Jack

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How to Hide a Windows Folder 3 years 6 months ago Fathima

my friend had a folder full of hidden stuff on his laptop. he had to go overseas for a new job. so he transferred all his files to an external hard disk. before doing this he changed the hidden files to unhidden. but now when he tried to open that particular folder its blank. all stuff are invisible.what can we do about it. please help.

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How to Hide a Windows Folder 3 years 6 months ago MidnightCowboy We are unable to respond to support requests here in the comments. Please post full details of your issue, including operating system, here in our forum. MC - Site Manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ view
How to Remove Google Text Ads 3 years 3 months ago LaurelC

I suddenly started having this issue in Internet Explorer... certain websites I tried to go to would not come up and it would state, "This page can't be displayed". I thought at first it was a virus. What showed in the URL was the following:

http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com

I knew I had the problem right after I had gone to Internet Options and Manage Add-ons and messed around in there, so I tried to retrace my steps and soon I had figured it out. This is what I did to correct the problem:

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Go to Internet Options---->then to Manage Add Ons-----> then to Tracking Protection--------> Now highlight "Your Personalized List"-----> click the box below in right hand corner of page that should say, "Disable"--------> Now, click the box "Close".

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This took care of the problem for me.

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Btw.. I am using Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11.

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How to Remove Google Text Ads 3 years 2 months ago murch

This is a great workaround. I just tried also adding a line for Google's new search homepage ad (d.startpagea.com). Now all I get is the "Unable to connect" message which is visibly obvious but after two or three views is not distracting.

Thanks.

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How to Remove Google Text Ads 2 years 8 months ago myownusername

I have tried to block all of googles back door invaders but I can neither block this one or find any info on the web even in dogpile. "http://tpc.googlesyndication.com"

haha.. I got it working, was a typo..

32meg hosts file is too big, we are never going to come upon all the address's listed. The most important is to block all the trackers and proxy like crap like googlesyndication and static.facebook

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How to Remove Google Text Ads 2 years 3 months ago RobertP

Thank you for the article. Really have been wanting to stop the ads. I followed the directions, but when I save the .hosts on Notepad file and request to replace the existing file I receive the message "Access is denied". That is where I get stuck.
I am working on Windows 7 and use Firefox.

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How to Remove Google Text Ads 2 years 3 months ago jeffw440

Maybe this will help. Looks like Notepad needs to be run as administrator.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/923947?wa=wsignin1.0

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Best Free Search and Replace Utility 4 years 6 months ago Panzer "... TurboSR Search and Replace is very handy if you need to make changes to a whole range of text, HTML, XML or other text-based files ...": http://turbonote.com/TNTurboSR view
Best Free Search and Replace Utility 3 years 10 months ago inthefog

You really should include TextCrawler in your list. It's free and very powerful - it supports regex, previewing, text ripping and has batch processing. It's pretty fast too.

http://www.digitalvolcano.co.uk/textcrawler.html

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Best Free Search and Replace Utility 3 years 10 months ago MidnightCowboy Caution! TextCrawler is ad-supported and will try to install unwanted components such as toolbars. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Search and Replace Utility 3 years 10 months ago inthefog

Not the version I downloaded last week? It seemed clean to me.

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Best Free Search and Replace Utility 3 years 10 months ago MidnightCowboy The download defaults to download.com which uses a wrapped installer. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/cnet-downloadcom-wrapped-install... cnet is no longer a safe or trustworthy download source. Their own installer also included OpenCandy although the exact makeup of what is there now will no doubt be varied as users discover the contents and try to avoid it. MC - Site Manager. http://www.digitalvolcano.co.uk/board/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=244 http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/controversial-advertising-progra... view
Best Free Search and Replace Utility 3 years 10 months ago inthefog

Nope, nothing in the CNET download either. I've heard that developers can 'Opt out' of having their software CNET wrapped after there was some hoo-ha about open source stuff being wrapped a while back.

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Best Free Search and Replace Utility 3 years 10 months ago Anupam The CNET is offering the download for TextCrawler without their wrapped installer. So, that's good. But still, this is not the same for all cases. As you say, some developers can opt out of this by telling CNET, to which they comply. But, still in majority of cases, CNET employs its wrapped installer, and that is why we do not recommend it as a download site. I did download and run TextCrawler. It seems it is free of any extras, like toolbar, OpenCandy etc. It's clean. Although Softpedia does say that it is ad-supported. Maybe it did bundle something extra before, not now. view
Best Free Search and Replace Utility 3 years 10 months ago MidnightCowboy Thanks for checking it out. :) MC view
Best Free Search and Replace Utility 2 years 11 months ago twinkler

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

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Best Free Search and Replace Utility 2 years 11 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the information. This category is currently without an editor. view
Best Free Search and Replace Utility 1 year 9 months ago Lew Wadoo

The more correct license type of InfoRapid Seach & Replace is:
"InfoRapid Search & Replace is freeware and may be copied, distributed and used for private purposes without any limitations. Installing and using the freeware version on a commercially used computer is absolutely prohibited. In order to use the program commercially, you need one license (25 Euro) for every user."

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Best Free Search and Replace Utility 1 year 9 months ago Jojo Yee Thanks Lew Wadoo for your kind feedback. The product record has now been updated. view
Never Re-install Windows Again Part 1 3 years 8 months ago dsl225

Hello, thanks for this very interesting reading!

You state that "I haven't re-installed Windows for years. In fact, if my memory serves me correctly, I haven't re-installed Windows since the arrival of Windows XP in 2001."

That seems great, but one question immediately pops-up: even if you haven't re-installed Windows you certainly changed computer at least once... How did you manage to handle drivers when restoring a backup from an old computer to a new one?

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Best Free File Rename Utility 1 year 10 months ago Dorian Markich

Thanks for the useful tip! While I was trying to find a solution, I stumbled upon KrojamSoft BatchRename and thought it was very good. It’s highly effective and lets you rename multiple files in your directory at once. I found it was super helpful, especially if you work with photography, screencaptures, music files... etc I thought I'd share this with all of you

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Best Free File Rename Utility 1 year 2 months ago Roksolana

Long Path Tool help me a lot when i have an issue like file deleting or renaming the file. Also good to use if file name and file extension is too long.

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Best Free File Rename Utility 8 months 3 weeks ago Thierry Marneffe

Hello

All these features are also available with TGMDev PhotoRenamer 4.0.
* PhotoRenamer 4.0 renames photos based on Windows file time or on Exif Data.
* The left panel allows easy selection of photos and you can select the photos to rename.
* A contextual (right-click) menu is available to delete photos individually if needed.
* Duplicate photos are handled using a duplicate suffix, added automatically to photo names (11 different suffix format are available)

TGMDev PhotoRenamer makes use of renaming masks to rename photos. In release 4.0, new masks specifications were added as %C that add a photo counter in the nname of the photos and %Kx that add keywords from a database. Duplicate photos are handled using a duplicate suffix, added automatically to photo names (11 different suffix format are available)

See complete features here: http://www.tgmdev.be/applications/photorenamer/photorenamer.php

For a quick tour, see on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68kmf0lQ89s&t=149s

Thierry

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Best Free File Rename Utility 4 months 1 week ago ronald23

You can batch truncate/rename file names through "krojamSoft: BatchRenameFiles" program.

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Best Free File Rename Utility 3 months 3 weeks ago Jankens23

You can batch truncate/rename file names through krojamSoft: BatchRenameFiles program.

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Best Free File Rename Utility 3 months 1 week ago ronald223

I've used "batchrenamefiles tool" for batch rename files or folder. Its a great software and could very easily optimize it. I used many batch renaming software some of those are not working perfectly but that one is awesome. I had hundreds of files I remember when I had to rename them manually, sad and boring days.

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Best Free File Rename Utility 4 years 3 months ago Chess Writer

Does any of these renamers add context menu entries to conveniently rename files. I'd like one which adds a context menu entries to prepend files names with 5-6 different words, like Statistics, Marketing, Simulations, and Accounts.

I'd thank you a lot, and even send in a donation if possible, if you could point me to a software that does this...

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Best Free File Rename Utility 3 years 10 months ago ChaosReigns

site.editor,
You may want to review these programs again. Just looking at Advanced Renamer, it states that at the time of your review (Updated 4. July 2013) that it was "Last release: December 06. 2012" and it had actually had three releases in that time frame. It is now at version 3.60 as of Sept. 08, 2013 with a fair amount of changes since the Dec. 2012 release.

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Best Free File Rename Utility 3 years 10 months ago MidnightCowboy The "site.editor" designation means no one is currently assigned to this category. The review will be updated as soon as someone volunteers to take it over. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free File Rename Utility 3 years 5 months ago chishold

Under "Other Renamers", you mention Siren. I agree that "Siren is one of the most powerful renamers". It does have a steep learning curve compared to other renamers but I am used to it now, having used it for years.

I can't agree with the statement "Siren is no longer developed"; the latest version, 3.14, was released on 27 December 2013.

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Best Free File Rename Utility 3 years 4 months ago Qpir

Thanks for the review

Advanced Renamer has just been updated (March 26 2014).
It has also changed its URL to www.advancedrenamer.com
The old URL (which is included in the review) automatically redirects to the new site.

Best regards

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Best Free File Rename Utility 3 years 4 months ago Anupam Thanks a lot. Now updated. view
Best Free File Rename Utility 3 years 2 months ago Psymon

There's one very old program (which still works just fine for me in Win7) that you didn't mention at all here, and from checking out the programs you've mentioned I think it might actually better than the whole lot of them! It has rather an odd name, "1-4a-Rename", but check it out, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised (note that it has both a basic and advanced mode, both of which are included in this freeware proggie)...

http://www.1-4a.com/rename/

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Best Free File Rename Utility 3 years 2 months ago MidnightCowboy I would advise caution as 1-4a Rename has not been updated for 8 years. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free File Rename Utility 2 years 8 months ago Ojai-CA

I just downloaded the Bulk Rename Utility and tried it on a set of a few hundred files which I wanted to organize by date code in the file name. They were already named that way "sort of" but with several inconsistencies. I found it pretty quick to figure out the interface, and it worked like a charm. The "undo" feature also came in very handy during the 10 minute "learning curve". A good utility. Thanks for the tips !

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Best Free File Rename Utility 2 years 7 months ago deckie49

I used to use "File Renamer Basic". It certainly is a powerful program and has a clean, easy to use interface. But I ended up switching to "Renamer". Renamer's interface is almost as easy. Renamer is just as powerful, at least for me. And, more importantly, Renamer has an "undo" function which File Renamer Basic does not have unless you buy the pro version. In my opinion, "Undo" is a basic and critical feature of a file renaming utility.

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Best Free File Rename Utility 1 year 6 months ago JonJ

The latest release of Advanced Renamer largely addresses the reservations given in the Discussion section above:

- It now incorporates ExifTool, allowing access to all (afaik) EXIF data.
- There is now a folder panel that makes selecting files very easy.
- Files can now be deselected, without being removed from the list.

It also has many extremely useful features, such as the option to append sequential numbers to file names when "collisions" (ie. duplicate names) are generated.

I was able to configure a renaming routine using EXIF data that I was unable to configure in any other renamer.

Advanced Renamer is now the best free renaming utility for my needs.

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Best Free File Rename Utility 4 months 1 week ago kastaldi

I use Bulk Rename Utility to clean dozens (even hundreds) of filenames full of needless numbers, date, characters... Despite the messed UI, it is quite powerful once you learn how to use it. I remember when I had to rename them manually, sad and boring days.

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