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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 3 years 10 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 9 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 8 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 8 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 7 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 7 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 5 months ago hack-club

thanksssssssss

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 3 years 4 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 years 11 months 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 2 years 11 months 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 8 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 6 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 6 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 3 months ago The_Blode Good shout. I will update this article accordingly. Thank you. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 2 years 4 days 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 2 days 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 1 year 10 months 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 8 months ago The_Blode

Nope...I meant 3MB. :)

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 1 year 8 months ago toktok

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

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Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 months 2 days 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 3 months 3 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 2 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 2 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 3 weeks 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 4 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 4 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 1 month 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 1 week 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 6 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 4 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 8 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 8 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 8 months ago MidnightCowboy Thanks for checking it out. :) MC view
Best Free Search and Replace Utility 2 years 10 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 9 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the information. This category is currently without an editor. view
Best Free Search and Replace Utility 1 year 7 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 7 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 6 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 8 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 weeks 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 6 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 2 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 1 month 4 weeks ago Jankens23

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

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Best Free File Rename Utility 1 month 2 weeks 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 1 month 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 8 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 8 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago Anupam Thanks a lot. Now updated. view
Best Free File Rename Utility 3 years 2 weeks 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 weeks 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 6 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 5 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 4 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 2 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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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 4 years 2 months ago superqaz

which one will best post an ad on the Gumtree website. i have to copy and paste text into a box, copy and paste a photo, enter address, preferences etc, but no captha security code

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 years 9 months ago Louie G

QLiner is by far my favorite of all the shortcut programs I've used. The pop-up black virtual keyboard is beautiful, easy to use and just a whole lot of fun! What works best for me is to associate shortcuts with certain keys, like assigning the Recycle Bin to the Delete key, my chess game to the C key, YouTube gets the Y key, MoffSoft Calculator to the Enter key, not to mention certain documents, photos, etc, etc. I don't have any icons on my desktop thanks to Vista Start Menu and QLiner Hotkeys (a desktop with icons on it and the taskbar showing is not very appealing to me, and definitely not enjoyable to work on). All of the shortcuts are easy to remember because they are each associated with the Windows key only, and therefore very, very easy to remember. Personally I think QLiner is one of the best programs ever made! Oh, the short tutorial is on their website. I'm using version 2.0.1 for Vista. The over 90 possible shortcuts are more than sufficient for me. Ethervane ActiveHotKeys tells me there are something like 2000 shortcuts on my computer (not all of which are active of course). I have no intention of memorizing hundreds of shortcuts. Just the essentials please!

Frank Tracy

I know some people have a problem with the .NET Framework, but my computer is six years old and runs like brand new, so for me, it's no problem. And I use my computer a LOT!

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 years 9 months ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for your comment Louie G. I agree about .NET Framework. There is so much paranoia about it. I have it on two desktops and a laptop and I'm still living. :D None of these machines have top end specs either. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 years 8 months ago Stamimail

My Favorite right now is HotkeyP.
Support Win key and mouse.

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 years 8 months ago dlibertine

Ditto, the clipboard extender is fine for my needs. I assign quick paste numbers to saved bits of text. I hit Ctrl~ then hit a number and it's pasted.

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 years 6 months ago Louie G

In case someone wants to use Qliner on a Windows 7 64 bit system, just type in the words "bits and beers" in quotes. And also the word Qliner. They explain how to do it.

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 years 6 months ago crombierob

PS Hot Launch VVL
McAfee Site Adviser was very alarmed
Anyone downloaded it recently, and had it checked by your 'checkers' ?

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 years 6 months ago MidnightCowboy McAfee Site Adviser is so riddled with false positives as to be IMO next to useless. :) MC - Site Manager. https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/e7af141c573b7629ab7d2abc937ed310c34c02... http://www.urlvoid.com/scan/pssoftlab.com/ view
Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 years 5 months ago crombierob

Thanks for checking that out for me.
Sorry it took time for me to get back to it.
I have just installed it.
I like my Sys Tray icons to respond to a single click, but apart from the lack of that, it might be OK.
I will report back, if anyone is interested.

Thanks,
Rob

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 years 3 months ago Stamimail

To site editor:
I think you cannot put all those apps in the same category.
Each very different from the other..
AutoIt and Autohotkey looked to me as Automation and Scripting Language, while Qliner and HotkeyP are looked to me more as kind of Hotkeys Applications.

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 3 years 3 months ago crombierob

I feel slightly guilty, as I downloaded Qliner, and installed it, and -
(a) forgot about it, and
(b) failed to read the site editor's review of it.
Bearing that (I knew not what it do'ist) in mind, I was thinking what would be a cool program (in the Hotkey/Launch category, Stamimail).
Being a VB6 programmer, I started analyzing what could I write (and perhaps share with you guys) in that category. So I says to myself, what about something that appears in your face, when you hold down some key for a few seconds. I then was curious as to what would happen if I held down the Windows key, and Lo and Behold Qliner popped up in my face. Looks like "I missed it by that much".
The program I was contemplating creating, would have been more of a Launcher (documents, programs, web pages etc), and I would probably be intending users would click the desired action, with their mouse. But allow some hot keys as well.
Is that sounding interesting to you guys ?
Are you aware of some free program, that does all that already ?
Rob
PS I note that Qliner, does NOT allow you to click an action. I reckon it should.
PPS Does the rising of the Windows menu after Qliner closes, annoy any of you ?
Can anyone suggest an alternative key(or combination) for holding down ?

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 2 years 9 months ago mmth

When I created a script, following the exact directions in the Help file, it quit with the message "unrecognized command in Line 1." I'm not a dope or a neophyte--I'm a retired professor whose first computer was a TRS-80 bought in 1978. It seems to me that the instructions, followed to the letter, should not result in an error right off the bat.

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 2 years 8 months ago Stamimail

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

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 2 years 6 months ago Wendell

I vote for HotKeyP.

HotKeyP meets all of my needs including superseding native Windows Win+ key assignments. It is light weight and simple.

Thanks to Stamimail for the recommendation.

What I like in a Hot Key Utility is that ability to supersede native Windows Win+ key assignments.

I had been using WireKeys (https://code.google.com/p/wiredplane-wintools/) for years. Other than occasional cursor changing to a dot, it is great. It has many other features, but I seldom use them.

PS Hot Launch VVL and WinHotKey are OK, but neither can supersede native Windows Win+ key assignemnts.

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 1 year 9 months ago Louie G

I never use the Windows key alone to bring up the Qliner keyboard. I use either Windows+Z or Window+Q to bring it up. Doing it this way never brings up the Windows menu for me. And if you haven't checked it out by now, you can check out how to use scripting with qliner at their website, though I haven't had a need to use it myself.

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 2 months 1 week ago bguffield

Another good macro recorder is AlomWare Actions (at AlomWare.com). It's freemium though, if that matters? I use it and find it best for my needs.

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Best Free Time Correction Utility 2 years 11 months ago CrashDC

As of (at least) July, 2014, this program has been updated to run on Windows 7 (and, probably W8). This is version 5.3 I had been using 5.0-something and it didn't work. I was also under the impression that this software was no longer going to be updated, and I'm very glad to see that it has been.

Free, accurate, customizable... what's not to like? :)

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Best Free NFO Viewer 3 months 3 days ago Robaye17

Many of these are good. Another one to try out is iNFekt. Windows 64 bit version available, too.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 3 months ago mrtas2

Highly recommend this free screen capture utility that lets you :-
1) Grab whole screen, rectangle area or active windows screen
2) Mark it with highlights, boxes and text to make your point
3) One click to send via email or via goTransfer or paste to other apps like Skype. Auto save and auto post to clipboard options avail.

Its perfect supplying to end users to send screenshots with comments to IT Support depts.

www.goScreenCapture.com

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 5 months ago Panzer EzSnap: http://ezsnap.com/ view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 4 months ago Corvo

Neox Screen is ShareX ripoff:
https://code.google.com/p/sharex

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 4 months ago Home User

The Windows Club released the

"Windows Screen Capture Tool v1.0"

Found on the following webpage:

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-screen-shot-capture-tool-free-down...

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 4 months ago Panzer More here: http://www.reddit.com/r/opensource/comments/17qmek/my_friends_software_g... view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 4 months ago Anupam Thanks to you both. The suggestion for Neox Screen has been deleted, and future suggestions of it will be deleted too. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 3 months ago Loya

Mr.Shot 1.51 is a fast and easy to use screen capturing program. You need to get use to it at first though. The default hot keys are Control + D, W, R, F which are customizable. Has lot of options and features including free hand drawing and capture mouse cursor. Includes a toolbar to add text, shapes and highlight which can be disabled if you don't want to use the editor.
Definitely worth a try.

http://verifive.com/MrShot.html

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 3 months ago Panzer It has been mentioned before by George Meyer (at the bottom of this page). Thanx anyway. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 3 months ago Loya

I thought it would help the discussion.

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