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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 7 months ago Loya

They is nothing "Sniper" about it. You are better off using the Windows built-in PrtScn button.
Only takes full screenshots, no window or part of the screen.
Skip it.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 7 months ago Loya

Mr.Shot 1.53 include a battery level indicator. Comes handy for laptop users, I guess.

http://verifive.com/MrShot.html

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 7 months ago Panzer HotShots is an application for capturing screens and saving them in a variety of image formats as well as adding annotations and graphical data (arrows, lines, texts, ...): http://sourceforge.net/projects/hotshots/ view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 5 months ago Luciftian

How come PicPick has been omitted?

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 5 months ago texastechy

Many of these screen capture tools seem to use a lot of processor power or something because my PC noticeably feels and acts slower while capturing the screen. It's great to have all those additional features but when I want to capture to PDF quickly and easily Screen Grab Pro works really well and feels snappy. Then I do a quick Ocr on the pdf making it searchable. The other one that I like is the last freeware version of Faststone Image Capture.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 5 months ago dkravets

I'm disappointed in SnapDraw. First off, it is buggy -- on the first screen and I got "Access Violation" error. Second, the help and some functionality are less than clear (or are buggy) -- cannot get the Capture Key Settings to function as expected.

The annotation functionality IS amazing. I just wish the simple stuff within it worked.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 4 months ago Misty27

EDIT 9/7/2013: After many releases of Screenshot Captor & using it a long time, asking questions on forum, it's VERY apparent it's one of most UNintuitive softwares I've used, of any type. I like much of SSC & it "has lots of features." USING the features is another matter.

Some of the logic in HOW it does exact operations as other apps, is SO out in left field - just STRANGE. I've used it a LONG time (& many others). The way it does many common things (settings; how some functions are carried out), are SO different from other apps (& NOT in a helpful way), that it's just "messed up" for those functions.

It can drive one CRAZY figuring out how to do tasks, common to most ANY app & certainly capture apps. If you want one of its special features - none other has, OK. If you want intuitive, general screen capture & typical (intuitive) features, use something else.

It's Options UI (MANY PAGES) has very small, tightly spaced, below avg quality UI text, VERY troublesome for anyone w/ even mild sight issues or most > age 40.
END OF EDIT.************************

Does SnapDraw have function to place "Caption" box / object w/ your custom text, above a captured or edited screenshot? Nothing I see on their site mentions it.
Much as old FastStone Capture does? That hopefully has some capability to easily change text font, size, color, border / no border.

Also, caption object / box is EITHER resizable once added, or has word wrap as typing caption text & fairly easy to change caption text properties. FastStone v5.3 is still very nice & intuitive for relatively simple annotating. One FastStone drawback (& WHY I'm looking for something w/ just a BIT more capability) is, once LEAVE its annotation ("Drawing") screen, can't do ANY more editing to annotations - like editing a text box. Can't even delete added objects, once leave the drawing screen.

FastStone has excellent quality captures. Printing (for me in Vista 32 / 64) no longer works, but can save or copy to another app to print. Many prgms reviewed in this section don't have direct printing, anyway.

PLEASE feel free to suggest other prgms that have above features & decent, INTUITIVE, easy to use annotation for simpler things; Adding (resizeable) text boxes, arrows, highlighting, easy drawing / editing of common shapes - rectangle / circle outlines, etc.

If I want more complex features (that I rarely use), I'll use something like SSC. But, for simpler things, it's way more complicated (& occasionally irritating) than needed.

I'll agree w/ the review that Screenshot Captor has many nice features. I've used it quite a while. But it's also one of the most unintuitive (mostly its editor) on how to use many of those features, or where the settings are found. If you can figure it out, or use it on a daily basis & become "expert," it may be great. It also captures scrolling screens, but process is hardly "one click & done." There's a learning curve on scrolling captures & it doesn't work on some screens / web pages, but most don't have that function at all.

Screenshot Captor also does SOME functions in ways that NO other app w/ same feature does it (back to unintuitive editor). Its Caption "editor" is simplistic compared to its other features & can be more difficult to enter anything but one line, than other apps w/ that feature. It's feature packed, but the way some work are plain "weird," which many complain about on their forum. Has a decent Help file, but in no way explains how all the "advanced" features work (or some of basic). You'll have to search / post on forum for those directions.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 4 months ago mouser

I'm sorry about some of the struggles you are having getting used to the way Screenshot Captor works. I think some of your comments are valid.

The one thing though that I would take some exception to, is the idea that SC does not make the easy/common things easy to do.

For the most common things, SC is designed to be very easy to use and hold your hand if you want it to -- without ever requiring you to go into the options and configure a single thing.

Just click a button or hit a hotkey and your screen will be captured, you'll see a preview, and be presented with a dialog that lets you print, email, upload, save, copy the image to the clipboard, or discard it. It doesn't get much simpler than that.

Then it gets out of your way so you can get back to work.

Now it's true that if you want to do more advanced annotations, editing, configuring, etc., then SC make take a little while to figure out -- it is a tool that is designed to be highly configurable.

Hopefully some of the dozens of video tutorials showing how to use various features is of some assistance to those who want to do more advanced stuff -- and we try hard to be helpful on our forum when someone has a question.

Anyway, like I said -- I'm not dismissing your criticisms -- and different people will have different programs that are best for them. I just wanted to "defend" Screenshot Captor against claims that it's hard to do even the most common things. I actually think the latest releases of Screenshot Captor make it really easy and intuitive to perform the most common actions.

-mouser (author of Screenshot Captor).

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 3 months ago Stamimail

Hi mouser,

"TextBox in ScreenshotCaptor doesn't support properly RTL language."

Is it fixed?

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 3 months ago Andreas Th

It looks the list misses 1 great FREE and VERY EASY program,
which I've been using for 2 years or so.
The prog is called SnapaShot:
http://nicekit.com/screen-capture/best-free-snapshot.htm

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 1 month ago djj01

Having used Duck Capture for a couple of years, I thought it was fool proof...I was wrong.
Recently, I was compiling a list of names and details of friends and was going to use Duck Capture to copy the list. Unfortunately I hicupped and hit the icon with a hidden label of 'share simply by min.us' This then immediately appeared to upload my list.....To where????...Who can now access it???....This sounds like a pontentially dangerous link that's virtually hidden until too late...
I've sent the Duck Capture people 2 e-mails so far asking details about this icon and what exactly it does. So far they have ignored both e-mails.
I now have reason to believe that Duck Capture should not been included in the list of 'best screen capture programs'.
Can anybody help on this case.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 1 month ago Panzer qSnap: Capture Single or Multiple Webpages * With a simple click “snap” a shot of a webpage * Continue to click if you have multiple webpages to capture * qSnap stores snapshots to your tray for editing Edit Images * Edit your snapshots with the built-in annotation tools * Create a rich digital dialogue through your notes Share/Save Your Snapshots * Save your snapshots locally * With a free qSnap account you can: o Store your snapshots on our free hosting service o Share a link to your snaps to Twitter, Facebook, G+ o Email your snapshots or links https://qsnapnet.com/ view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 1 month ago sicknero

It sounds as if Duck tried to upload your pics to Minus.com but I was just reading a thread which says that the function was removed some time ago and as I understand it that button shouldn't be in the latest version?

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/ducklink/QdKdEiFP35k

If it did upload it will be on Minus.com as an anonymous user and I don't know what you could do about that. Perhaps contact their site admin and see if they can help?

For people who like to share pics online there is an ImageShack desktop uploader which I use in conjunction with FSCapture. Very simple to use, just save the screenie and drag it onto the uploader, job done.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 1 month ago meetsangvikar Hi, thanks for the information. I have had no time in the last few months. I will review duckcapture again and update the article if needed. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 3 years 1 week ago George.J ShareX and HotShots are simply brilliant. ShareX allows Fullscreen, Active window, Window list, Active monitor, Monitor list, Rectangle, Rectangle + Window, Rounded rectangle, Ellipse, Triangle, Diamond, Polygon, Free hand, Last region, Screen recording (Supports animated gif), Auto capture methods for capturing the window. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 10 months ago Panzer SnipDock: Features: * Snip Screen: snip whatever portion of the screen interests you. * Dock: This snipped image will be docked on a screen edge or as a floating popup. * Whatever be the size of the image, the dock will automatically adjust its size. When docked, no other program can encroach the space used by SnipDock, even if they are maximized. * You can zoom in or zoom out of the image by scrolling your mouse on the image. * Any image snipped will be automatically stored in your Pictures folder. So you could also use SnipDock just to snip screen and store the images. http://rahul003.github.io/snip-dock/ view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 8 months ago crombierob

PicPick is about the best so far, because of it's simplicity.
I would like to recommend it to some business friends, but it is not allowed for commercial use.
I tried some of the others recommended here, but they are too complex (too many choices after you do a grab).
Anyone know a free one that can JUST do this -
We do a capture, either by hot key (say PrintScrn), or by clicking the SysTray Icon.
It immediately opens up it's editor, with the image in our face, waiting for us to edit it, or just save it.
Of the ones I tried, Faststone capture was the closest, but it still appears to want to place some window (Form) in our face with it's Toolbar along the top. You then have to click the 'Draw' button to get to the screen that I wanted to appear in the first place.
Anyone know how I can get FS to do what I want ?
Or, know of another free one (including use by commercial people), that knows what 'KISS' means ?

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 8 months ago George.J So I've been using ShareX for a month now. It's been simply incredible. I'm using the portable version of the product and v9 has been released. The program has received 5 stars from Softpedia Apart from it being extremely feature-rich, it allows instant upload to Imgur, and 30 other file hosting sites, separately for image, text and files. :D You can also capture screenshots in various ways, rectangle, triangle, polygon and various different shapes. You can add image effects, watermark, annotate. It also has a screen recorder with audio. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 7 months ago Panzer XSnap is a lightweight application that enables you to take snapshots of your desktop, applications and games: http://2xdsoft.de.tl/XSnap.htm view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 6 months ago sicknero

I found that the other day while randomly browsing Snapfiles or some such site.

It's absolutely brilliant! Easy to set up, very fast and light, supports more sharing and storage sites than I've ever even heard of and on top of all that, supports basic file upload to Dropbox and Google Drive etc.

For ages I've wanted some way of interacting with Dropbox/Google Drive from my desktop without having to install the whole lot (and the syncing folders) and ShareX does it excellently. It even has options for Send To and Context Menu entries so you don't need to have it running all the time. Great stuff, one of my favourite finds in quite some time.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 6 months ago Misty27

PicPick (portable from PortableApps.com) will do what (I think) you want.
I'm not sure if it's allowed for commercial use, but apparently the portable version contains NO adware, addon toolbars, etc.

Per the head guy at PortableApps.com, John Haller, these types of addons & extras aren't allowed under their portable apps licensing.
http://portableapps.com/node/41924
"Our installer and format are licensed in such a way that installer add-ons are not permitted. PicPick Portable has no such offers included."

After the editor opens (take screens w/ hot keys or select style from tray menu), everything is right there. Very intuitively laid out, if you've used any image editors. Sorry, it doesn't have jagged edge screen capture. :) I like FastStone's 5.3 simplicity, but it & some like Greenshot are child toys compared to PP.

As to how well PicPick does what it's intended to do or implements its features, it seems very well thought out. It seems very "forgiving / flexible," compared to many similar apps. I'm sure some others do certain functions as well as PicPick.

But when I consider all of its features - incl. EASY scrolling capture, how well it does the all the features (consistency, quality), advanced capabilities of native image editor (works on any imported image) & the overall ease of doing some of the more complex functions, it would seem to be near the best.
I don't have nearly as many "Oh, crap" moments using PicPick as W/ several others.

I'm not sure if it's left out of the review because the installer version from picpick.org now contains "adware," or if the installer version isn't entirely free (dunno - don't use it).

But I've used the portable version for a few yrs & it's been pretty much flawless. Fast & doesn't crash (like some others did, that are rated as best in this latest review.

Being portable hasn't affected my use in the least. It still places optional tray icon when started. Still has hot keys to take screens w/o clicking icon (or open menu from icon), etc.

In fact, for Windows, I usually prefer portables. Only time I don't is when I absolutely need a context menu entry / function.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 6 months ago crombierob

Certainly for my use (non business) PicPick is simply the best.
Regarding portable apps, I don't like having to conform with their controlling suite.
I just like to create a folder such as C:\PGMS_NoInstall and then have sub folders for each portable program.
Can I download ANY of their portable app programs, and just place it into my folder scheme ?

Thanks,
Rob

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 6 months ago Misty27

Re: Portableapps.com - I've never used their "platform."
I just extract the apps to a folder & send a shortcut to desktop, from the main executable file.

As I understand it, some (all?) of Portable Apps offerings may make temporary changes to Windows' registry when in use, then remove them when closed down. At least that's what John Haller told me at one time.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 6 months ago sicknero

That's right, and some also create folders in AppData etc which are deleted on exit. PAF programs aren't necessarily "stealth" portable.

The PortableFreewareCollection website is very good for discussions on exactly how portable a portable program is.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 6 months ago Mike C

Just thought I'd comment briefly. I use IrfanView for snapshots. Works really well for me. I set it up to take a shot (i.e. internet receipt for online store) using Ctrl + NumPad 4. Has cropping and other edit features that I use only occasionally.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 4 months ago wozie

I have just tried Jing, bit disappointed because after the install I had to "log in" to the program to be able to use it which meant signing up for ANOTHER account on another website, more usernames and passwords to remember, there isnt even an option to try the program without "logging in". Needless to say I have quit the application without signing up and logging in and have uninstalled the program, a bit of a waste of time so wanted to let everyone else know its not very good.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 2 months ago AussieExpat

there seems to be a relatively new browser extension, with heaps of favourable reviews, seems compatible with Firefox, Chrome, and Android browsers called Nimbus https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/nimbus-screenshot/?src=api

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 2 months ago crombierob

When others suggest other programs (or in this case extensions), I am tempted to ask -
"Why is that better than PicPick ?"
I was an Analyst in IT for 20 years, and I cannot fault it.
It is easy to capture anything.
It has TABS (brilliant feature)
You can annotate.
And I just tested it on a web page, and it scrolled to capture the whole web page.

I reckon that PicPick should be the benchmark for which we compare other contenders, and the proposer might elaborate on why their contender is better ?

My 2 cents,
Rob
PS I was not happy when they 'fan boy' followed MS with a flippin Ribbon. But that can be toggled via the little down arrow head.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 2 months ago AussieExpat

Actually, if you re-read my post you won't see me saying it's better than anything, just that it's new, has had good reviews .... In fact, I've "just installed" (in last hour) a couple of different ones, "for a look", and discovered an email from Everhelper.me in my inbox -- bit disturbing, I hadn't as far as I know done anything with anything -- so, as with any freeware, be careful. To be honest, I hadn't heard of (or couldn't remember) PicPick, thanks for the pointer -- actually, what are you doing even mentioning PicPick here -- just checked, it doesn't seem "free"

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 2 months ago crombierob

Yes definitely free (for non commercial use)
I would get it from portable apps or Softpedia -
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Capture/PicPick....

It has a lot of updates, so you get prompts to upgrade it.
I have had a couple of warnings, when accepting the upgrade download link, so I would use Softpedia myself.
(make sure you don't get fooled into clicking the download AVG link)
(Even Softpedia can fool the elderly and the feeble minded, so I have to be doubly careful)

Rob

PS I went to PicPick Home page from their about box
http://www.picpick.org/en/download
That page mentions that it is free
And I used their download without warnings.
The EXE is identical in size to the Softpedia EXE and Avast scanned it OK
My free Malwarebytes was a bit out of date, and scanned it OK
I am updating it, and will yell out if the next scan has problems.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 2 months ago AussieExpat

thanks, the original link I had wasn't clear about the cost -- didn't distinguish home and commercial use. But, really, it's "horses for courses" maybe -- the Nimbus extension enabled me to easily get a snapshot of a lengthy webpage, just by pressing a couple of buttons, whereas PP seems to want "scrolling" -- doesn't seem as easy on first impressions.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 2 months ago crombierob

I must confess I never have a use for scrolling captures.
If I need to save a web page (and I have saved about 1 million), I save it into a single .mht file (no b...s... accompanying _files folder)
IE always had that ability.
In FF I use the maff extension, which can be 'set' to save web pages as .mht
.mht files are half the size of a saved scrolled jpg of a web page.

There are quite a few people out there that have never experienced the benefit of .mht files.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 2 months ago AussieExpat

I had a very specific need -- I've been a "devout" follower / user of Ff for man years, sad to see its numbers dropping off to Chrome -- but I wanted to share the look of the page, and wasn't sure if the other person had Ff so just posting him a graphic image was the easiest. The Nimbus devs say to be avid -- they've also developed a number of Android apps all scoring 4+ -- compatible across a number of OSes.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 2 months ago Anupam Thanks for the suggestion, but I don't think browser add-ons will be considered for this review, as the review is for stand alone software only. Maybe when an editor takes over the category, and decides to include add-ons as a side note or something, then it can be added, but otherwise not. It can be a good suggestion for hot item though, as a separate article. You can suggest it to rob.schifreen, our hot items editor, and see what he thinks of this. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 2 months ago Anupam You are putting your individual preference forward here. While you may find PicPick as the best and go-to program for screen capture, others may not. Others may prefer some other program like DuckCapture, or Screenshot Captor over PicPick, and ask other programs to be compared to them. Different people like different software, and therefore, there are so many software out there. You can't just ask others to compare every suggestion they make to PicPick, or other software. That's unfair, and I might add, a bit ridiculous. For comparison, we have the reviews, which people can read, and form their own opinion, and choose their own software. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 2 months ago AussieExpat

Are you the editor? If not, I think such editorial comments should be left to a proper editor. The difference between "addons / extensions", apps, and programs is becoming increasingly blurred, and artificial, given cross-platform / cross-OS tools, esp. like Nimbus; especially where such cross-platform tools can be converted by users to run on different OSes and change from one "form" to another, through something like Chrome APK packager -- are such Windows 8 "apps" apps, or programs? Precisely where such material "should" be included remains to be decided imho.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 2 months ago Anupam I am not the editor, but am a moderator, and also editor of other articles. So, as a team member, I know how this site works. You will understand that if we start bundling apps, extensions, and everything into one category, it will be increasingly difficult to handle the reviews, specially when there are so many programs in one category, such as this one. You can already see the long list. It's because of these reasons that we have separate categories for Android, Linux, Mac, and even Firefox add-ons. Keeping them separate makes it easier for editors, as well as for users, as things are organized. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 2 months ago AussieExpat

So, how will the site be handling things that don't fall into those neat categories? Or will this spell the end of this site, as it fails to list materials that are useful, but exist across those categories. Must admit, I'm using the site less and less for that reason.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 2 months ago Anupam We are open to suggestions regarding this :). You yourself can contribute useful suggestions how to handle this. One way is by posting Hot Finds items, which is done on a daily basis. We have a Firefox add-on category too, where you can contribute this suggestion of yours. http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-firefox-add-ons.htm Which other materials are there, which this site has failed to list? Please open a thread here on this issue: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/comments-suggestions-and-... where you can offer suggestions, criticisms, or open up issues for discussion. Let's do this in a constructive way. And I didn't say your suggestion wasn't useful, didn't say that at all. I am sure many will find such a suggestion useful, who want to capture webpages without the use of a software that they have to fire up. I just said that it's not in the right place. Suggestions are always welcome. You can post about such suggestions in forum too, in appropriate category, like this suggestion of yours could be posted here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/internet-web-apps-and-net... view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 2 weeks ago Panzer "... A Thousand Words is a screen capture wizard with an editor. It's intended use is to allow less tech-savvy users to point out exactly what's wrong to helpers on forums and the like ...": http://www.boredomsoft.org/a-thousand-words.bs view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 12 months ago texastechy

have to agree with Anupam. even though a lot of time is spent on browsers these days, I have little use for a browser only add-on, when another good tool will do it all on my screen without a browser. however, I often look in the comments section like this for other ppls ideas. and will check out that add on.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 11 months ago Misty27

Looking for a screen capture that specifically has a couple features / behaviors.
1) When adding multiple text boxes on one screen, it (can) remember the last selection whether to use "solid fill" on the text box background. Without having to re-select "solid fill"(color) - every time.

2) At least on the same screen, it can remember the last text box background color used & *not* make you re-select a background color each time (assuming you don't want to use white).

3) For basic drawing / annotating / text boxes, the prgm will allow going back & editing *most* objects - at least if the screen (file) hasn't been saved & closed.
Certain capture proggies, if you even leave the separate "drawing" mode (but the file's still open), there's no editing anything.
Like Faststone Viewer - once you click OK in "Draw Board," (opens a separate screen), NO more editing objects.

4) Better if it's not super complicated prgm (just to add simple text boxes, arrows, etc.)
Screenshot Captor may ? do most on my list, but for fairly simple annotation, it's way overkill & I don't find it intuitive (on many things).

I used a bunch. I liked PicPick in the past, but it won't do the # 1 & 2 above (not sure if past versions did). It's time wasting - reselecting the same text editor options you've used every time.

Thanks.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 11 months ago Misty27

No "arrow" tool in ShareX? Don't see one - it's one of my most commonly used.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 8 months ago ChrisW

Today, 14 May 2015. Just tried to download and save, and also just run the latest version of Screenshot Captor and received an error message "invalid certificate etc.". Has anyone else run into this problem? Can't download and save or just run the software. I am running a Windows 7 64-bit system. Thank you.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 6 months ago AJNorth

Hello,

When available, I generally use the portable version of an application (one reason being that it will not, with very few exceptions, write to the Registry).

It turns out that there is a portable version of ScreenshotCaptor (which I have been successfully using on different Windows boxes, both Win 7 x64 & XP x32, for quite some time).

As I almost always download from either Softpedia or Major Geeks, here is the link to the former: http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/Multimedia/Graphics/Screenshot-Captor-Portable.shtml .

Opening the folder that the "installer" creates, one can pin the app's launcher to the Start Menu and / or send a shortcut to the Desktop.

Hope this works for you.

Regards,

AJ

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 6 months ago smfranzen

FastStone Capture is the best if you want a lightweight, very functional, easy to use screen capture and editor. I don't think a lot of people actually take the time to really test these programs before they review them. Believe me, it's the best because I've tried them all extensively. It's also available in a portable version. It's the only program that works consistently with scrolling windows from every application I've tried. Check out the [edited] in the editor. That is so valuable. Even the [edited] is pretty decent for doing a quick demo. [Commercial reference and features removed as per site rules]

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 6 months ago sicknero

FSCapture is indeed excellent, it's been my favourite for years. The last freeware version though is 5.3 and only later (licensed) versions have the functions that you describe.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 6 months ago Realist

For most average users Windows 7 Snipping Tool is sufficient.
Just use AutoHotKey to launch it. e.g.:

#1::run SnippingTool.exe

This will launch Snipping Tool when Win+1 is pressed simultaneously.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 3 months ago beergas

Tried a bunch for just a simple screen capture that allows screen rectangle sizing of initial capture to clipboard then right mouse button copy so can paste into a web comment section. DuckCapture only one worked for me. Pasting others into the running web chat field produced 'bad size' msg in the chat window. Don't have to sign up for anything or limitedware.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 10 months 3 days ago crombierob

site.editor (can I call you site),
You should not be altering the text size out of proportion to the rest of the controls
Keep the DPI at 100% (normal)
I am old (memory and eyes) and what I do to solve that problem is -
- Get a bigger monitor (EG 40" LCD TV for $300 AU and probably much cheaper in US)
- Have a full screen magnifier that can double the magnification on/off with just a key stroke

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 8 months 2 weeks ago GraveDigger

Depending on your browser, you might be having an issue with the text size going wacky - I'm using Google Chrome and I've noticed that I've had occasional problems with some sites (I've probably got some setting off in the browser...)

It's easy enough to correct this issue, however by setting the site to 100% or higher using the Zoom setting of the browser.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 5 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

"...
Snipaste is a simple but powerful snipping tool, and also allows you to pin the screenshot back onto the screen ...":
http://www.snipaste.com/

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Best Free Spell-Checker 2 years 9 months ago aoapk5776k

it would be nice if technical articles are checked through it.

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Best Free Spell-Checker 2 years 1 week ago 1idjac

As of today, the links for tinyspell both go to a login page.

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Best Free Spell-Checker 2 years 1 week ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for pointing this out. The links have now been updated. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Spell-Checker 1 year 1 month ago TRL88

Used this software for years. Now that I have upgraded to WIN10 it acts quirky. It will not load at startup and sometimes it just stops for no good reason.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 1 year 6 months ago Evely456

The functions of free duplicate remover are limited. Maybe you can try some paid duplicate finder. What they can do is more free duplicate remover. I found an useful article to sahre the best duplicate finder for Mac. This article introduced three duplicate finder for Mac and compared the advantages and disadvantages of them. You can read this article. By the way, it also show users the detailed steps of finding duplicate file and removing it.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 12 months 2 days ago Lex11

Hi TechSupport. Thank's for the article. What about Mac?
I recently found this free app.
https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/primefile-free-duplicate-file/id1032755628?mt=12
It's do basically the same as other paid apps, but basic functionality is completely free.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 9 months 1 week ago jayden benjamin

I would recommend you to try Duplicate Files Deleter program

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 7 months 3 weeks ago makiyoung

Use NoClone now to uncover different versions of master files and ensure single instance. File managing is a tough work unless the files and folders are unduplicated beforehand.http://noclone.net/info/DuplicateFileRemover.aspx

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 5 months 3 weeks ago Abigail Madison

Duplicate Files Deleter is a simple, but effective tool to locate duplicate files in one or more selected search paths. It scans the files and compares them based on Byte for Byte Comparison, which ensures 100% accuracy. You can then choose to delete the selected duplicate or original files. The program is multi-threaded and performs scans quickly.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 10 months ago Sigurros

Duplicate Cleaner is clean and doesn't include a Bing Bar (or any toolbar) in the installer - you need to update your listing! My vote for the best though, as it has more features than most of the paid guys.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 10 months ago phantom.mojo Thanks for your input. I'm still running through all the duplicate file detectors in this list. I will be sure to update all Duplicate Cleaner's particulars as soon as I get done testing. view
Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 10 months ago skan

Can any of these applications look inside compressed files (rar, zip, cab...)?

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 9 months ago phantom.mojo Testing is almost complete. Will have answers for you shortly. view
Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 8 months ago mjcummins

I think there is an important item being overlooked in the comparision.

Won't affect the selection of Best in Class though.

I'm using Windows 7 64bit, and NAS4Free on a Microserver on the home network. I have a lot of files strewn across USB hard drive. A recent external drive failure caused me to get a NAS solution.

So this duplicate file finder mechanism is really important for home use with the amount of digital information normal families accumulate.

Well, neither "Duplicate Cleaner Free" or "Auslogics Duplicate File Finder" will touch the windows share from my NAS server.

"SearchMyFiles" performs flawlessly.... Love it.

So could TSA add network share capable as part of it's tests please.

Thanks for the awesome work, and awesome site.

Michael

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 5 months ago Giovy

This tool is the best one I've tried so far:

http://malich.ru/duplicate_searcher.aspx

As you can see, this magic free app not only deletes duplicate files but it's even able to replace duplicates files with NTFS hard links as well, a key feature missing in any tool mentioned above.

I'm amazed you didn't mention it!

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 5 months ago sarahwilliams25

Who is rating those tools?
I am amazed that SearchMyFiles has 5 stars with that unusable ugly interface. I tried all those tools and I can say that the best in this list is "Fast Duplicate File Finder".
It is completely free for "100% Identical files" and "Similar File Names" modes. Actually I do not see even "Similar File Names" mode in the other tools - this is very hand if you have My CV.doc, My Cv (1).doc, My Cv 2013.doc named files which is quite common situation.
Yes FDFF has some small limitations in the free version - the mode for finding files with similar (not duplicate) content lists just 10 groups (which is even usable), but for the average user like me the free version is more than sufficient.

I love Gizmo's freeware, but in my opinion this article is not objective and requires revising.

Thank you for the great site though.

P.S. I just noticed that your version is also outdated - the latest version is 3.7.0.1

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 5 months ago MidnightCowboy There is currently no editor for this review. It was last updated over a year ago and won't be again until someone volunteers to take it over. Maybe you would be interested? MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 5 months ago sarahwilliams25

Yes I see that other tools like Auslogics are listed with old versions too.
Thank you, I am flattered! I am not sure if I will have the sufficient time for this, but for sure I can try... I will at least correct the current listings.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 5 months ago Anupam For correcting the listings, we have an archive manager in the team, who updates the articles without editors, and he will eventually get down to updating this one too, in time. But, what's really needed is an editor, who will maintain the category, testing out different software, add news ones if there are any, and update the article accordingly. view
Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 5 months ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for considering us. The video on this page will give you more idea about what is involved with being a Gizmo's Freeware Editor. MC http://www.techsupportalert.com/we-need-you.htm view
Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 4 months ago indnajns

Anti-Twin turned out to be what I was looking for. Duplicate Cleaner Free and Auslogics wouldn't do networked drives. I'm not looking to compare audio, video, or family pics. I'm looking to get rid of the 400 copies of plain, old documents that have been created all across my network. We'd been trading core files around with a USB drive. Now we've got a NAS and everybody has their own private copy of every file from the past three years plus their own stuff that all needs to be merged back onto the NAS. I'm OCD, but that's tedious even for me!

Pros for Anti-Twin:
Works on networked drives
Compares by name, content, size, or date or a combination of these
Allows a % match. DCF didn't recognize a lot of these files as duplicates because several have been re-saved with nothing more than a carriage-return or a blank space difference. I don't care! Same date, same file name, same basic file size, same file for my purposes.
Clearly lists all duplicates in matched groups showing file path/name, date, and size.
Allows deletion by directory! After it finds the duplicates, I can check a single folder (like one of the many copies) and it will delete from the copy and leave my original alone.
Interface is clean and user-friendly. I was up and running within minutes, maybe even seconds. Intuitive checkboxes.

Thank you for this listing of duplicate finding programs, and especially for linking to Anti-Twin. I've spent many blurry-eyed hours comparing files. Now I may actually get this project done before my next birthday.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 3 months ago AlphaTron

DupliateMyFiles by Nirsoft.net works really well. It may be more geared for PC experts than for novice PC users because it doesn't give enough detail for some of the fields. It could use some better instructions but it's free. Maybe some technical writer will improve the instructions for free. I suck at writing or I would.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 2 months ago RandyDoqa

Duplicate Cleaner Free is bundled with OpenCandy now.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 2 months ago ichabod

Although this category title focuses on the *removal* of duplicate files, the current reviews would be better described as being for a Duplicate File "Finder" category. Each review should focus seriously on the removal process, since that is by far the most time-consuming for users' hands-on efforts.

In comments for a related article ("A Duplicate File Finder That's Simple To Use And Unbelievably Fast"), Century22 and 11bravo pointed out what may be the single most important feature to anyone facing a large number of duplicates: an automated way to protect from deletion one file in each group of duplicates and then to choose between quick, batch deletion of all duplicates that weren't so protected versus manual deletion of selected duplicates. Note that I'm referring only to true duplicates, for which the minimum requirement is that files be identical in content; it would be desirable to have the added option to require duplication in data such as date and name and perhaps other attributes. Without this combination of automated protection and batch deletion, the user is faced with doing that manually for each group of duplicates, which could take countless hours with a large number of duplicates.

The next editor for this software category would do well to add to each program's review a statement of whether the program offers such an automated deletion-with-protection feature, or requires manual selection of each deletion, which is probably more error-prone than a well-designed automated method.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 2 weeks ago newsuperhuman

Auslogics is fast? By what standard? I am in the process of deleting 50,000 duplicates in 2 folders on a 3rd generation i5 4 core Win 7 64 bit computer with 8mg RAM, with nothing else running. It's been over 5 hours and still has about 40% to go. If this is fast, what is slow?

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 2 years 10 months ago inthefog

Duplicate Cleaner Free no longer has any toolbar bundling - it's completely clean (and free).

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 2 years 10 months ago stuhindl

I have tried Auslogics but I am not sure of it end of run interface seems limited. On the matter of speed or performance I run a number of "boxes' none of them the latest But I dont think it may matter much as file seaching by exact bits particuly large image or video files have to be by the very nature indepth and precise and this does take time over a large number of files Stuhindl

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 2 years 8 months ago CoreTM

The new Exact Duplicate Finder removes duplicates faster.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-duplicate-file-remover.htm#Exa...

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 2 years 8 months ago sicknero

I just gave that a quick test drive on a folder of 5000 pictures - it flagged 6 images which aren't even close to being matches.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 2 years 8 months ago CoreTM

Read the user's manual. Files in the list aren't identical to each other.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 2 years 8 months ago sicknero

Oops, yes that was a bit hasty of me sorry.

I see now what happened ... the test folder I ran it on contains quite a few similar images some of which are also dupicated, so when the program finished and presented the list, it looked as if it had flagged the similar images as duplicates.

Cheers : )

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 2 years 1 month ago Ghost_Archer

Search my files lack a simple but useful function -- to search files in the same name, or same size, etc. It more focus on content comparison, maybe based on MD5 indexing first. However, sometimes two txt document are almost same, 1 emtpy line would create different md5.

Duplicate cleaner free and double killer supports name and size match. Glary utilities also has duplicate clean function, however, I am not sure it does content check. Of course, we can do a standard search using search my files, then sort the list by name or size to find the similar files, apparently it is awkward.

I used to use double killer till it started to have problem with my vista. It is a nice one but as the development stops at 2007, I am not sure it works with win7 and later windows, especially 64 bit system. Download.com indicates it supports up to vista, while softonic thinks it supports up to xp.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 2 years 1 month ago Remah DupeGuru is now free. It has a 64-bit version as well as Mac OS X and Linux (Ubuntu, Arch) versions. http://www.hardcoded.net/dupeguru/ view
Best Free Duplicate File Remover 2 years 1 month ago ADW

Has anyone come across a duplicate file finder that can be activated from the Windows Explorer Context Menu, or added to the 'Send To' menu, so that whichever folder you right-click on is automatically added to the program as the search folder?

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 2 years 6 days ago rrman

The program searchmyfiles failed when I ran the duplicates screening on pictures. It picked up 2 pics and called them duplicates when there was only 1 pic on the hard drive.

I think the problem occurred because I have 2 different pic viewers -- one is the Windows Multimedia and the other is Olympus Viewer 3.

Any thoughts ?

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 1 year 2 months ago Phylis Sophical

SearchMyFiles was great as is all Nirsoft prms. simple, easy to use. same files are color coded. It even warns you if you try to delete both files of a set. Also warns if you try to straight out Delete rather than send to Recycle bin.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 1 year 1 month ago weltall

Pictures is the only thing I do not use searchmyfiles for. I use VisiPics that compares the pictures visually too and has a slider to adjust how much the searcher should be strict or loose about his choices, that can range from choosing pictures that have a lot of the same background color (like all pictures that have a lot of white or a lot of black) to pictures that must be completely identical with each other. Recolored pictures can be found as duplicates too. Playing with the slider needs a bit of testing, but it is the best program I know of.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 8 months ago shripalsingh

Gajshield – A Buggy Firewall, Time & Money Waster.

Dear All,
I am writing this to you to make you all aware of this useless, buggy and one of the worst firewall “GajShield” that we have purchased and got ripped off, I wish to share my experience to you all to save you being ripped off.

BEWARE OF GAJSHIELD FIREWALL AND THIS COMPANY!

I have purchased “GajShield 80DC Firewall” in the month of May, 2014 by paying handsome amount of Rs. 1,15,000/- For 3 years subscription through their distributor www.dxitservices.com (DX IT SERVICES), which is almost double as compare to any other firewall and also with sonicwall TZ210 that I was using earlier. Right after the installation, we have had issues of many features of internet (email, chat, websites, images, FTP) not working properly and they have very weird way of making them work to create different certificate and patches and ask us to install on individual PC’s. This works one day and other day on any other PC or for all, other thing that was working earlier will stop working and then again they will make some patch, ask us to install and fix it.

This was happening over 10 months and still they could not have a stable version of their firewall, they were not able to give us guarantee that all things fixed and will keep working. They kept giving assurances, trying hit & try and giving new patches. We were forced to waste hours every day to test their system, work with them to get issues fixed and we not only wasted thousands of hours for their testing but we have lost good amount of business due to their buggy and incompetent firewall.

We have all records of daily communication and written complaints of all of our issues to them to prove how bad it went for us for the past 1 year. The worst part is when finally started asking them either to fix everything and make it stable, or refund us and take back your buggy firewall, they stopped responding to my concerns and never tried to resolve. We have proof of all of these email communications too. We even tried to approach the distributor/dealer “DX IT SERVICES” who sold this to us, they were helpless and of no use, simply refused to do anything by asking us to deal with GajShield Infotech (I) Pvt. Ltd Directly.

I was forced to throw their firewall out, buy new sonicwall TX215 and to save my business and to save my losses I was having due to their broken system. I tried to have communication with all of the top management and no one bothers to listen and respond back to make a resolution, they are happy to enjoy our money that we pre-paid for 3 years. I am now forced to explore our ways to take help of legal system to get our money back that we will do for sure.

I just want you all to please avoid dealing with GajShield Infotech (I) Pvt. Ltd (www.gajshield.com), avoid purchasing GajShield firewall or any of their other products, It’s a very bad company, gives no value to dissatisfaction of their clients and a buggy software they have and moreover, their system is not easy to use and provide no additional benefit over other well established brands.

Thanks & Regards,
Shri Pal Singh
A Dissatisfied Client of Gajshield.com
shripal.singh78@gmail.com

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 5 months ago g2mXagent

Comodo Firewall always locked USB drives, won't let user eject usb hd:

带有进程 ID 840 的应用程序 \Device\HarddiskVolume2\Program Files\COMODO\COMODO Internet Security\cmdagent.exe 停止了设备 USB\VID_0BC2&PID_3322\NA8E33YW 的移除或弹出。

there is a post at comodo forums in 2012, comodo said that is a bug, but 3 years ago, this "bug" is still there.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 4 months ago BrollyLSSJ

I found maybe 2 additional alternatives. One is called XVirus, the other is called [Commercial product reference removed]

XVirus us available here: http://www.mysecuritywin.com/xvirus-personal-firewall.html

Edit: Rising is free. But seems to be an older version (has 2012 in its name). And it installs other software from the same company. So atleast from my site not recommend.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 6 months 3 weeks ago ComodoSucks

You sir are an arrogant fool.
I have tried installing Comodo Firewall on the different windows 10 computers, all different vendors and the install fails!
FATAL ERROR. at 99% of the install, but hey according to you its every thing else , why don't you go tell Misrosoft its them, or is it also not their issue, its some kind of mysterious alien presence in the ether that is the problem.?

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 10 months ago hakoti

I am a long time user of Comodo software. And I like it a lot. There are several Comodo security products and one needs to specify which product is being discussed. CIS (Comodo Internet Security) is an all-in-one package including anti-virus, firewall, defense+, sandbox, etc. Then they have other software that provides only one or two of these functions. Pick what you need.

In the past Comodo CIS has been criticized for generating too many alerts, as compared to other packages. The new CIS v6 has almost eliminated all popups for its default configuration. I think that is a good step while at the same time retaining optional settings for those who have advanced needs.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 10 months ago dbuck53

I have used Zone Alarm for years because it always hid my computer, and stop change programs from going out until I okay them again. While Zone Labs owned the program it was super. Then Central Point bought them out and the bloat started. Eventually vsmon.exe became so nasty it was slowing my whole system. It occurred to me then that I wanted Zone Alarm to hide my computer and stop changed programs from going out. I don't need my firewall to do any thing else. I now use Zone Alarm 4.5.x, the last Zone Labs release before the Central Point buyout and will not update it as long as I still have my XP machines.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 9 months ago darthmalware

So much crying over Comodo being too complicated and confusing. It installs programs without the option to say no. For starters Comodo does not force you to install anything you don't want. Geekbuddy and Comodo Dragon are optional but I guess you didn't bother to look and read before you installed the software. That's Comodo's fault, right? It's the same garbage I still read in many security forums about how Norton Antivirus is this bloated pig of a piece of software that will never touch their machine. Yes. Yes, it was. Five years ago! Comodo is bloatware. It's too complicated. Why couldn't they leave it like it was? I know, change is hard.

Actually, version 6 is as close to install and forget it as this product has ever been. But even so, I will grant you it is far more complex than the install and configuration for Zone Alarm free. Comodo is actually a brilliant piece of software that an "IT Professional" would have no trouble installing and configuring. This very website has the best instructional you will find anywhere on the planet for setting CIS up and configuring it. Step by step it's all there, but you have to do some work. If you want easy then by all means install Zone Alarm free. It's a decent product and perfect for someone who is not a hands on type when it comes to computer security. Another option is to use the Windows 7 firewall, which is actually very good, and with a bit of work, can be configured to handle both inbound and outbound traffic. Is it easy to do? That depends on the individual. It should be for an "IT Professional" but you might have to some research, and actually read a bit. Does Comodo's suite have any flaws? Yeah, more than a few. I also hate the way version 6 was thrown out into the world with what seemed like a very short beta test cycle. What I cannot stomach is the crying over what Comodo is not. Tell me it did a horrible job protecting your computer and back it up with facts. The last time I looked the entire Comodo suite was "FREE" and is easily one of the best security solutions available to the home user. It is not everyone's cup of tea. I'll buy that, but please stop the cry baby bashing of a product that does not suit your particular needs.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 9 months ago 57troutrough84

What are your thoughts about older versions of firewall like Kerio Personal Firewall or Sygate? What I am looking for is a lightweight and easy to use firewall that won't bog down the computer as some people are still running xp pro and home with 512Mb of RAM. Any ideas or thoughts. I was thinking of installng "private firewall" as it possibly fits the bill as being light and easy.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 9 months ago Kuoi

Since today's version 11.0.000.504 of "ZoneAlarm Free" you can't install without checking the 2 following boxes ...

"Set Zonealarm Search as my default search provider for : Firefox"
"Set Zonealarm Search as my home page and new tab for : Firefox"

NO THANKS !!!

Anybody knows a good alternative with user rules ?
With user rules i mean you'll get a popup where you can decide to block or allow a program to send data to interenet.

Greets , Kuoi

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 9 months ago MidnightCowboy You can opt out of these changes, or change them back after install. https://www.zonealarm.com/forums/showthread.php/79478-MUST-select-search... No one can help you with an alternative unless you tell us which operating system you have. MC - Site Manager. view

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