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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 1 week ago v.laurie

This article has more news about phone updates- http://www.pcworld.com/article/2923085/microsoft-will-bypass-carriers-pu...

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 1 week ago v.laurie I don't know if the Windows 10 upgrade will have Bing as the default search. It wouldn't surprise me if Microsoft made it the default in all upgrades but I don't know. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 1 week ago caktus

I've gone to a lot of trouble to rid my 8.1 of Bing and practically lost what was left of my sanity doing it. :-| Does this mean I will have to poison my system with Bing all over again in order to get the "free" upgrade to 10?

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 1 year 1 week ago Sir Winston

I wonder if iWisoft has been abandoned because it hasn't been updated for years now ?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 week ago misteroldpea

Have you read this? Apparently Comodo installs malware called "PrivDog" which apparently is an SSL hijacker: http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/2wu4nw/comodo_internet_security_bundles_privdog_a/

Not sure if it really is the case, but I wouldn't like the reputation of Gizmo's Freeware jeopardised for recommending dodgy software.

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32-bit and 64-bit explained 1 year 1 week ago Remah

Well spotted. Now corrected. That mistake had been there for years. :)

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 1 week ago v.laurie

OK, guys, I am going to have to ask that further discussion of the relative merits of Linux be done at our Linux forum: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/linux/
As interesting as these discussions of Linux may be, this is not best done here where we need to keep the comments on the subject of Windows 10. Thanks.
Thanks Vic. These comments have now been moved to this thread where the discussion can continue: MC - Site Manager.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/15088-windows-or-l...

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 1 week ago Faziri

Enjoy your relative lack of software for daily shenanigans. Linux is admittedly a much better system technically, but it still just can't compete with Windows for daily leisurely use. Not to mention that even to programmers like me it gets really irritating having to muck around in a terminal all the time and always having to deal with software that just plainly stops working at random times (*cough* X server *cough*)

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 1 week ago tlcmd

Now y'all know why I run a Linux Operating System!!

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 1 week ago AndyR

There is a handful of Windows update files that are in preparation for the "free" Windows 10 upgrade, these updates keep being moved around from being Optional to Hotfix and even Security! In my opinion there is no need to install these at present as on some systems they have been causing slow downs and a few other problems (mine included) I have no doubt that when the free upgrade is offered all the correct and working files will be offered again anyway... There are rumours as to what exactly these KB updates really do, however that is mainly speculation. My reason for commenting is purely to alert users that their systems are already being prepared in the background.

These are the related windows update files I mention:

KB 3021917
KB 3035583
KB 2952664
KB 2990214
KB 3013531
KB 3022345

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 1 year 1 week ago webguy

I have had Freemake v 3.2.1 for a while. I noticed the log entry you mentioned about the logo and some other comments so am trying to decide if I want to upgrade. As for the logo, if you have any other editing software, I assume it could be trimmed off the end.

BTW, Thanks to Arata for maintaining this section.

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Best Free Online Applications and Services 1 year 1 week ago Jojo Yee Thanks for your feedback darknesseternal. This item has now been removed from the list. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 1 week ago v.laurie A lot of things already changed with Windows 8/8.1. Features were added, features were dropped. Windows 10 has more changes and is still in development. If there is a particular feature you are interested in, try asking about it from someone who is running a trial copy or ask at our forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/14857-free-upgrade-to-windows-10-a.html view
A Brilliant File Verification tool: A Second Opinion For Your Data’s Integrity 1 year 1 week ago snakyjake

Alternatives:
FileVerifier++
wxChecksums

I'm looking for something that uses better algorithms; MD5 is real slow.

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 1 week ago jhvance

Since it's listed among the eligible upgrade paths, does the new Windows 10 Pro incorporate those additional features that were in Windows 7 Ultimate by comparison with Windows 7 Pro?

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Best Free Online Applications and Services 1 year 1 week ago darknesseternal

Unfortunately Grooveshark, is no more. They left fans a goodbye message on their site, then they packed up their groovy dorsal fins, and headed for friendlier waters. I'm going to share a little of their closing post here, if that's ok. An epitaph, perhaps;
"Dear Music fans,
Today we are shutting down Grooveshark..."
It goes on to offer what seems to be a humble, and sincere apology for infringing on copyrights. They added a short list of alternative sites for music, and then they beg fans to "respect the artists, songwriters," and everyone involved in the industry, by using only licensed music services. Then it closes with...
"Yours in music,
Your friends at Grooveshark
April 30, 2015..." *sniffles, and dabs at her eyes with a tissue*
What? Too sarcastic? Kidding aside, I actually really loved Grooveshark. I was a member for several years. I'm sad that they had to shut down.

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How Windows 64-bit Supports 32-bit Applications 1 year 1 week ago MrBrian

Some additional WOW64 issues are covered at The WOW-Effect.

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32-bit and 64-bit explained 1 year 1 week ago MrBrian

Possible mistake: The reference to "WOW32" could perhaps be "WOW64"

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 1 week ago v.laurie I assume more or less when the PC version is released (end of July?) view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 1 week ago v.laurie As far as I understand it, Windows 8.1 with Bing is basically the same as other 8.1 systems. Microsoft says larger tablets (8" and up) will get the free Windows 10 upgrade. If you have an ARM processor I don't know where that leaves you.What OEMs will offer is unknown. At this time, much is still up in the air. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 1 week ago Khanm6

Any idea when mobile devices will be get free upgrade to 10.

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Find My Phone 1 year 1 week ago bernardz

This is also available in AVG pro in their security. AVG PRO for andriod is available free here

 

http://www.amazon.com/AVG-AntiVirus-PRO-Android-Security/dp/B009361C5O/r...

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 1 week ago v.laurie It has been announced that there is no Windows Media Center for Windows 10. I don't know exactly how an existing system with Windows Media Center will be upgraded. Anyone else know? view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 1 week ago DCL

What if anything are MS saying about the OEM tablet edition 'Windows 8.1 with Bing'. Will OEM's be able to offer upgrades or, like phones running Windows Phone 7, will tablet (slate) owners just be forgotten again?

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 1 week ago greyman

Thanks to Gizmo"s and V. Laurie for this (way simpler than anything Microsoft could say) explanation of the different planed releases of Windows 10.

Having gone through the entire process of loosing Windows 7 through the ill fated upgrade process to 8, then 8.1, I am a little wary. For those who did not see it. there was a great Gizmo's article about a replacement for Windows Media Center, which will not work, (I am told) with the new Windows 10 Pro.

I wonder, does anyone know if the new Win 10 just goes into WMC and places all the items saved there into another format? Worth checking out before I lose my photos and videos!

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 1 week ago valcoff

Do they know what the W10 will cost after the year has come and gone?

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Best Free Ways to Learn Programming 1 year 1 week ago Panzer

Codin Game:

https://www.codingame.com/

 

Code Hunt is an educational coding game:

https://www.codehunt.com/

 

CodeMonkey is an online game that teaches real computer programming to children as young as 9:

http://www.playcodemonkey.com/

 

Gidget is a game designed to teach computer programming concepts through debugging puzzles:

http://www.helpgidget.org/

 

Ruby Warrior - game written in Ruby for learning Ruby and artificial intelligence:

https://github.com/ryanb/ruby-warrior

https://www.bloc.io/ruby-warrior/ (web version)

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Best Free Ways to Learn Programming 1 year 1 week ago Panzer

"... Colobot is a real-time strategy game. In a way. But it isn't ... Unlike most RTS games, Colobot does not require tactics, but it does require thinking ... Colobot actually has its own interpretation of robot programming, which is done fully by the player, together with a few hints and tips from the trusty SatCom. The programmed robots function at a level similar to the brutality of writing an actual program, which does mean it requires the right amount of accuracy, with the right mix of logic ..." (Colobot: Gold Edition is still in alpha, so for now it is better that you should try the original game - Look under Colobot in Download section): http://colobot.info/learn-more/ http://colobot.info/joomla/index.php/download

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Best Free Ways to Learn Programming 1 year 1 week ago Panzer

Update 15th May 2015:

- The Magnum Opus Challenge added

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32-bit and 64-bit explained 1 year 1 week ago Remah

I can't be definitive but it will almost certainly work the same way it does for earlier Windows releases as with 32-bit Windows upgrade to 64-bit Windows 8. The upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit cannot be done using the Upgrade Advisor or any other automatic method. It has to be done manually with a clean install.

To upgrade to Windows 8 it was more expensive to go from 32-bit to 64-bit because the cheapest upgrade path was using the default upgrade from 32-bit to 32-bit. If Windows upgrades from 7 and 8 to 10 are free then there may be no difference.

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Best Free Word Processor 1 year 1 week ago jimwg

If Kingsoft's WPS only imported ODT files I'd do away with OpenOffice and Textmaker, as good they are. WPS renders docs beautifully, even better than Word and the cloud backup is great.

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32-bit and 64-bit explained 1 year 1 week ago stephandurney

Earlier i replaced the hard drive on my Windows 7, 64-bit HP. The tech department at work installed a 32-bit version of windows 7 professional. When the upgrade to windows 10 occurs, and since it is apparently occurring through windows update, will it automatically install the 32-bit version or will I have an option to install the 64-bit version? I wasn't able to find this answer in my brief search. Thank you in advance!

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Best Free Lightweight Web Browser 1 year 1 week ago XPer

Hello there, Gizmoguys, and, before tech staff,- congratulations with so nicely redesigned format;
now: recently I"ve discovered Polarity browser and B.O.B Rapid browser, both are extremely small- 1 mb and 826 kb accordingly , both downloading in .exe form, to be open on the screen all that is required is to click on the icon and click 'run"; both are very fast and do everything that their big brothers do, Youtube works fine, every page I called on the screen, including foreign, opened fast, there is no freezing, nor crushing. So, I"m quite content. Perhaps, someone else will be too, when tried. Thank You. 'till we meet again. A.Raa.

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Best Free File Manager 1 year 1 week ago KetchupKid

January 2014 seems like a long time ago. Can we get this entire article updated? You guys do good work and I'd be very interested in an update on all available free file managers. :) And your link above for the category editor, George, does not work. He must have backed out.

PS. I don't like the little "New Article" popups in the lower right corner when I visit the site. No big deal, just irritating.

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 1 week ago Panzer

wego is a weather client for the terminal:

https://github.com/schachmat/wego

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 1 week ago Panzer

Fort - Password Manager:

http://www.ideabyte.net/fort/

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 1 week 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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How to get a Better Windows File Manager 1 year 1 week ago richardlatu

Thank you for this wonderful article, I appreciate it very much.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 1 week 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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How to get a Better Windows File Manager 1 year 1 week ago beergas

Thanks but tried it. Prefer Q-Dir 6.11 dual panes, config saving, etc. Looks bit like Multi but cleaner.

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How to get a Better Windows File Manager 1 year 1 week ago JackP

I tried Multi Commander before, but I much prefer Q-Dir (http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/Q-Dir) which is highly configurable, with multi-panes, navigation sidebar, etc. Oh, and free! But I'll take a look at the new MC update.

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How to get a Better Windows File Manager 1 year 1 week ago Anupam

MultiCommander is a dual file manager, as can be seen from screenshot in the article. The software covered in the Gizmo's review for Best Free File Managers: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-file-manager.htm

also has dual pane file managers, not only just the software you recommend.

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How to get a Better Windows File Manager 1 year 1 week ago Hondoe1950

I much prefer a file manager that has dual tabbed panes. In other words, where you can easily switch, in each pane, to a different folder.

xplorer2 lite is an incredibly powerful dual tabbed pane file manager, and is free for private and educational use:

http://zabkat.com/x2lite.htm

{moderator's note: reference to professional edition removed}

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How to get a Better Windows File Manager 1 year 1 week ago terrawarra

Thanks v.laurie,
I've been having a tough time sorting and transferring many files, photos and docs for a while now. (Windows 7)
My fault entirely for being untidy with my PC "housekeeping"

This has made life so much easier for me.... and it's free !

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Find My Phone 1 year 1 week ago ldmpub

Two important things to know: this tool only works if your phone is "on" and connected to Internet (via Wifi or something else like 3G ...!).

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How to Force Your Windows File and Folder Names to Have the Case You Want 1 year 1 week ago alcexhim

Just for more information, it appears that only certain Windows applications such as Windows Explorer have this l̶i̶m̶i̶t̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ feature. The underlying file APIs do not do this. You can check this by writing a simple .NET application that uses System.IO.File methods to move files from one location to another. It will happily move "MYFileName.txt" to "myfilename.txt", although you might only see the change in Explorer after you refresh or close and open Explorer again.

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Find My Phone 1 year 1 week ago bernardz

In Australia, the phone companies provide this service free of charge to their mobile users. You ring them up, and they deactivate the phone from the mobile network and wipe out of data on the phone if they can.

It is credited with reducing mobile thief by 50%.

 

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Best Free Parental Filter 1 year 2 weeks ago Remah

Some of the link checkers listed all the links not just indicating those that were broken. I presume that they still do -  LinkChecker was added about that time and it was one that did. That was the quickest method to see what other websites were linked to. Parents could use this method if they wanted more info before blacklisting or whitelisting a domain. I'm not sure that Internet Safety Checks have totally removed the need for this.

 

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Best Free Parental Filter 1 year 2 weeks ago MrBrian

I agree. However, "Best Free Web Site Link Checker" is about checking for dead links, not link safety.

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Easily Send Files From Your Dropbox Via Gmail 1 year 2 weeks ago vandamme

You need to run Chrome also.

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Best Free Parental Filter 1 year 2 weeks ago Remah

I don't know if you have children yourself. If you have children then most of us parents spend a lot of time trying to get our children to learn responsible behaviours and to take responsbility for their own security. If you are successful then you don't need many of the parental controls because your children are able to ensure their own safety. An Internet link checker is one way to do this when web browsing. Likewise automated Internet safety checks which is another link.

Four years on from when this article was last updated, there are some newer security articles on the site that would also be linked to as well if I was still editing the article.

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Best Free Parental Filter 1 year 2 weeks ago MrBrian

Link "Best Free Web Site Link Checker" seems quite unrelated to the topic of this article.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 1 year 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

The old look was very basic and almost amateurish in appearance but in a strange way it was a good fit for a community site run by volunteers. The content of this site has always been first rate so a new look shouldn't impact on that. I hope the advertising that usually accompanies a change like this can be kept to moderate levels.

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Best Free Personal Finance Software 1 year 2 weeks ago gizbob

Hi guys I was looking for Linux finance software and I landed on this page. Not sure if it's only related to Linux or any other OS, but may I suggest some more free apps, the review is nice but seems a bit incomplete. How could one miss KMymoney, the KDE counterpart of Gnucash, very complete, free and open-source personal finance app. But my favourite is moneyGuru, also available in linux, windows and mac. Very fast, simple and complete. Graphs are everywhere and constantly inform you in a glance about your finances.

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Best Free Digital Photo Organizer 1 year 2 weeks ago navar

Also a convenient way of photo sorting by tags http://phototagger.org/en/

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Best Free Program Launcher 1 year 2 weeks ago jwleghorn

To paraphrase an old saw, I don't know much about computers, but I know what I like. And I like Keybreeze. I tried several of the programs mentioned in both the reviews and the comments. However, several years ago I came across Keybreeze, and it clicked with me. I have no way of knowing whether "power users" would find it adequate. But it suits my needs - and computer skill level - very well. It leaves my hands on the keyboard, and I like that, because I'm an old-timer from long before the mouse became king. Hit a hot-key (a semicolon is the default, but it's customizable) and a dialogue box pops up. Type your command and you're off to the races. It has built-in letter commands which I find useful: type "w" and a variable - say, John Wayne - and in a flash, you're reading about the Duke on Wikipedia. A "d" and a variable takes you to the appropriate page on dictionary.com. A "yt" and you're at youtube--you get the idea. And you can add your own letter commands. Well, I don't mean to ramble on endlessly, but if you're in the market for a launching app, you might give Keybreeze a shot. It's at keybreeze.com - go figure.

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Easily Send Files From Your Dropbox Via Gmail 1 year 2 weeks ago SayLor77

For those of us who wish to remain within the Google/Chrome environment - Is there an app/extension to directly send to a specific folder on G-
drive?

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 1 year 2 weeks ago eikelein

@panamapatrick
... simply because a speed monitor has not too much to do with security - as in Security List.

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 1 year 2 weeks ago panamapatrick

How could you not list Netspeed Monitor, it is Free and the best.
http://netspeedmonitor.en.softonic.com/

Been using it for several years. Check it out!!!

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Best Free Word Processor 1 year 2 weeks ago CASD

I would check out..
Writers Delite (Writer's min WP)
Penumbra WP
Both from SSuite

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 1 year 2 weeks ago MrBrian

The inclusion criteria for threat-fighting applications is whether the given application is useless (or nearly useless) against current threats. I'm sure that ThreatFire is not as good against current threats as it was back when it was maintained. So the question is whether this low bar is not being met? In this particular case, even if the low bar is not met, ThreatFire can also be configured to alert on single behaviors, making ThreatFire behave more like most other HIPS.

Very soon (perhaps today) a new key called "Discontinued or inactive" will be introduced. This key will be used for ThreatFire.

Thank you for the feedback :).

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 1 year 2 weeks ago kebsojourner

I used Threatfire for several years but quit when it was no longer being updated. This program has not been updated since March of 2012, should it still be on this list (HIPS)?
Cheers

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Best Free CD Ripper 1 year 2 weeks ago tweetysat

With that version, impossible to have cd-text containing accents to display properly. Tried with unicode and multibye version. (version 1.51 is working fine). I'm under windows 8.1 french.

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Best Free PC Games 1 year 2 weeks ago Jojo Yee Thanks Katronia for pointing out. This issue has now been fixed. view
Best Free OCR Software 1 year 2 weeks ago gissmo

I had good results with the a9t9 free ocr software, the only catch is that it requires win8 (no issue for me)

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Best Free PC Games 1 year 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

These links appear to return a 503 error for unregistered users. Logged in, they work fine. This has now been reported. MC - Site Manager.

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Best Free PC Games 1 year 2 weeks ago George.J

It works fine for me. Could you please check this again. 

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Best Free PC Games 1 year 2 weeks ago Katronia

All of the Catagories for free PC games online send you to an error message page. A 505 type message and includes a link to send you back to www.techsupportalert.com I think this site is AHMAAAZING and so grateful for the wealth of free and quality tools and entertainment but thought you should know that these links (each catagory) are not working. Thanks again for creating this site!!!! It is truly AWESOME!! Hope you fix this soon ... I am itching for a good RPG or ADVENTURE game! :) With Gratitude, Katronia from NYC

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 1 year 2 weeks ago MrBrian

Yes, some of the software should run on Windows 10. You'll have to explore each individual link for information about Windows 10 compatibility.

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Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson 1 year 2 weeks ago gdv

@v.laurie:

You mention that you "prefer to change the double-click action to 'Edit' so that accidental mergers do not happen" but you don't explain how to do that. I prefer this myself, and I think it's an excellent idea, especially for the audience targeted with this article.

Maybe how to edit the registry to make this change would be a good editing example to include in this tutorial:

(1) back up HKCR\regfile\shell key to be restored in case of error
(2) double-click on 'Default' in HKCR\regfile\shell and change the value to 'Edit'

['Default' (value not set) defaults to 'Open' as the default action; step 2 changes the default action to 'Edit']

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 1 year 2 weeks ago Alan Wade

Does any of this software run on Windows 10?

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How to Clean An Infected Computer 1 year 2 weeks ago J_L

Actually, CCE is simply a guideline for what to run first. If nothing can run, your best bet is actually an AV LiveCD or HitmanPro.Kickstart first.

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This Bulk Photo Processor Resizes, Watermarks, And More 1 year 2 weeks ago reikipete7

A-HA ! I have some tight security in FireFox, so I just tried IE and BINGO ! Now I have a download link.

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This Bulk Photo Processor Resizes, Watermarks, And More 1 year 2 weeks ago reikipete7

I can't find a download link for the FastStone Resizer, but it says that if I donate I can get a license.

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This Bulk Photo Processor Resizes, Watermarks, And More 1 year 2 weeks ago Chirpy

Thanks for the heads up.

This is very handy although you can't go past Perfect Effects by On1 Software. If you are working with a lot of images I would expect that your more than an just an amateur and your post processing workflow will consist of several processes to finalize your images for print or publishing.

With On1 you can perform a plethora of tasks including batch processing. The software is a perfect companion/plugin for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom as well.

You would be doing yourself a favor checking out this awesome software and the previous versions are usually free which is currently "Perfect Effects 9 Free".

Perfect Effects is available at www.on1.com

For the renaming of files I use Bulk Rename Utility - it is awesome so check it out here.

http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Main_Intro.php

P.s. I am a user of this software only although I can't praise them enough for the time it saves me.

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This Bulk Photo Processor Resizes, Watermarks, And More 1 year 2 weeks ago RMIkeN

I believe that all of this capability is already included in the Faststone Image Viewer software.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 2 weeks ago MrBrian

AVS Firewall isn't available at the link provided.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 2 weeks ago MrBrian

There are 3 Security Wizard-related links that could be deleted. Also, the link for "Comprehensive List of Firewalls" could be updated.

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This Bulk Photo Processor Resizes, Watermarks, And More 1 year 2 weeks ago Spy

It is free, you should not download the commercial version
Download the portable version, it works fine for me. I downloaded that last year.

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This Bulk Photo Processor Resizes, Watermarks, And More 1 year 2 weeks ago Anupam

Did you follow the link given in the article? The page says "free for home users". And the download link is provided there too.

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This Bulk Photo Processor Resizes, Watermarks, And More 1 year 2 weeks ago CharlesPFK

Can find no way of downloading this Product without paying $19.99. Wonder if you can help!

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Best Free Word Processor 1 year 2 weeks ago paul bucuresti

I think the review about Jarte is quite misleading and it's highly overrating this program. First of all, according to the Introduction of this article, ...

Essential features like font formatting, paragraph formatting, file saving to .txt, .rft or .doc will be assumed.

Well, Jarte 5.3 cannot open DOC files (in windows 8.1 anyway). It shows a dialogue explaining that the FileFormatsConverter (the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack) is needed and a link to... CNET (!?) on the reason that this pack is no longer available from Microsoft. First of all, the pack it is actually available:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3
Secondly, CNET is known of not offering the "real" downloads but an ad-ware downloader. I don't know what kind of deal have the producers of Jarte with CNET but this is not good practice.
I could say that even if Jarte is/has no adware itslef, it IS an adware software because it links to a site that offers ad-ware-bundled downloaders instead of the real downloads.
I am not going to complain about the interface becase suddenly this problem seems minor compared with the above. So why is Jarte so ... recommended?

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Best Free Parental Filter 1 year 2 weeks ago George.J

Probably the finest app in this category. Found it today, and I was setting it up on my nephew's PC :)

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 2 weeks ago MrBrian

Tencent stripped of antivirus rankings for cheating on tests

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 2 weeks ago Panzer

PowerShell Desired State Configuration for Linux:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt126211.aspx

 

"... AcidRip is an automated front end for MPlayer/Mencoder written in Perl, using Gtk2::Perl for a graphical interface. Makes encoding a DVD just one button click ...":

http://sourceforge.net/projects/acidrip/

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 2 weeks ago Panzer

"... Rosegarden is a music composition and editing environment based around a MIDI sequencer that features a rich understanding of music notation and includes basic support for digital audio ...":

http://www.rosegardenmusic.com/

 

"... Maxima is a system for the manipulation of symbolic and numerical expressions, including differentiation, integration, Taylor series, Laplace transforms, ordinary differential equations, systems of linear equations, polynomials, sets, lists, vectors, matrices and tensors. Maxima yields high precision numerical results by using exact fractions, arbitrary-precision integers and variable-precision floating-point numbers. Maxima can plot functions and data in two and three dimensions ...":

http://maxima.sourceforge.net/

 

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Best Free Desktop Search Utility 1 year 2 weeks ago Panzer

"... Lookeen Free Desktop Search is an award winning Windows search tool that enables you to find data saved anywhere on your main hard drive. Lookeen is designed to find results, regardless of the way they’re organized – never mind if you’ve forgotten the name of a document, or where you’ve saved a file ...:"

http://free.lookeen.com/

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 1 year 2 weeks ago AndyR

Yes generally posting links to other forums is spam related... however not in your case but its very difficult for the board to know the difference.

So their 64bit version does not work but the 32bit does, interesting like I say I have not had that problem before. However it is probably better to create 32bit recovery media anyway since it will work with both. I get handed quite a lot of laptop computers to repair and always use 32bit media regardless because I have found at times the 64bit versions do not work on all systems other than the one it was created on, I think in some cases though this is intentional both with 32 & 64bit. Macrium being one such example where it prompted me for a serial number upon booting with the recovery media when the actual software was not installed on the target system, essentially rendering it useless unless you happen to have the serial number written down in front of you (highly unlikely) I did eventually get round the problem but the solution was less than ideal and took far longer than anticipated.

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 2 weeks ago Panzer

Streamtools is a graphical tool for dealing with streams of data:
http://blog.nytlabs.com/streamtools/

Natron is a compositing software:
https://natron.inria.fr/

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Wallpaper of the Week: Vines of Red Leaves over a Foggy Lake 1 year 2 weeks ago budchekov

Good taste rhiannon, I've used that as a desktop before :)

Have you ever checked out Caedes?
Wonderful community with many VERY talented contributors, they also have contests.!.
Not your regular wallpaper site.. http://www.caedes.net/

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 1 year 2 weeks ago crombierob

Hi Andy,
I replied a while ago, but it got rejected as spam.
I submitted it for investigation/approval, but got no reply.
Perhaps it was rejected because I included a link to a thread on the forum on their site.
Some others have the same problem.
I managed to dig out a W7 32bit pc, and that fixed the problem (Don't create the bootable PE, on a 64bit W7)
Rob

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How to Remove Google Text Ads 1 year 2 weeks 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 Notes Organizer 1 year 2 weeks ago smfranzen

My Notes Keeper is unique in that you can create a distributable version of your notes as a standalone program that can contain embedded attachments such as PDF, Word Docs etc.. and link to those documents or other pages and bookmarks within you Notes. I haven't found anything else that can do this and it's great for sending a single file with all the content organized easily.

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 1 year 3 weeks ago Arata

Hi, so glad to see you here. I'm Arata, the new editor of this Best Free Audio Video Format Conversion Program category.  I will go on working with this review and bringing you the best freeware for video audio converting. If  you have any ideas or suggests, please also do not hesitate to share here. :)

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A Few Hundred More Retro Games To Enjoy For Free 1 year 3 weeks ago J_L I'm guessing this is an offline app compatible with Chromebooks? view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 year 3 weeks ago marcdarkin

Hi, Rob. Zoner has an awful lot of custom options and right-click settings and it can be overwhelming if you want to go into all of them. Now, answering your question, yes, it is possible to do what you want but it's not as straightforward as one might like the first time.

First, you have to go to Settings (Ctrl+M) > General (2nd item) > Double-clicking a thumbnail in the browser should launch: and select the Viewer module from the drop-down menu if it's not already set. Click the OK button.

You also want to make the filmstrip with thumbnails disappear, so press F9. Then look at the upper right-hand side of the screen and next to the usual three buttons for closing, restoring and minimizing the window you'll see another little icon with diverging arrows. If you click on it, the whole program window changes its appearance a bit and goes into fullscreen mode, which has a couple of options if you click the down arrow next to the icon (shortcuts F11 and F12). After that, your photos will always be displayed in full screen when you double-click them. But you still have to delve into the right-click context menu to get rid of the header and footer if you don't want them, or use Shift+I and Ctrl+I as a shortcut for them.

So, the best thing to do to simplify the process the first time: press F12, then F9, then double-click a thumbnail, then press Shift+I and Ctrl+I when the picture shows. You can use the arrow keys for a previous/next navigation. Not very simple, I know, but it's a one-time process. Thanks for reading us, Rob.

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New Free Tweaker from Winaero for Windows 7/8/10 1 year 3 weeks ago Sgluber

The boot options seems to be very useful.

Very good, Vic... thank you! :-)

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Play 2000+ Original DOS Games For Free 1 year 3 weeks ago Tomnov

Chrome is in the process of phasing out Java support; here's the workaround for now, until Chrome also does away with NPAPI support.
http://help.ea.com/en/article/google-chrome-no-longer-supports-java/
I feel like Chrome is gonna phase itself out of use if it keeps making standard plugins & web protocols obsolete; I see more & more web developers pushing back & refusing to support Chrome anymore.

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Nifty Free Windows Application for Batch Conversion, Resizing, and Renaming of Image Files 1 year 3 weeks ago ghiebert

This program is laid out very nicely and when you are setting up the input files it seems to have filename filtering, but strangely does not even know what an input subfolder is and therefore for almost all my conversion processes is completely useless. This would have been a great tool but for that simple missing feature.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 year 3 weeks ago crombierob

I love FastStone image viewer because it is simple -
Double click a jpg, and it opens up fullscreen with no other distractions.
I am helping with a friends PC. It is in a small business, so I had to skip my favorite.
Zoner appears to be free, for anyone, so I installed it.
I am detesting it, as I cannot get ti to just simply display the JPG full screen, with NOTHING else showing.
Is it possible to configure it to the way I like ?
Rob

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