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5 weeks 2 days ago Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson KenFF

Thanks, Great article. Took MCSE a while back and they didn't even cover this much. Just need to know when to re-boot???

5 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Torrent Search Engines HisSon

Re: AdBlockPlus

I didn't see a reference to using AdBlockPlus with Internet Explorer. I have been using it for some months now and it really speeded up logging into web sites and other areas. I couldn't believe how much faster things load.

5 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Torrent Search Engines jmjsquared

BitSnoop, your third listed site, is extremely suspect. When I went to their FAQ to learn how to integrate them into my bitorrent client of choice, I got a pop-up that says:

Message from webpage

WARNING: [My ISP]Customer - Your Internet Explorer Browser and computer may be compromised by security threats. Call 844-776-8630 now for IMMEDIATE assistance.

If that is what their own webpages expose me to, how thoroughly do they vet their torrents?

5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Torrent Search Engines KetchupKid

Nice list - Thanks.


KAT is blocked by Malwarebytes Antimalware

EZTV is unavailable

5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Torrent Search Engines Geert

>> This is a characteristic of Drupal and something over which we have no control.
I see. It's extra unfortunate as it also triggers a new RSS feed. (which I'm subscribed at)
Thanks for (taking the time to post) this info.
Great and well deserved Christmas holidays for everyone @ Gizmo's!

5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Torrent Search Engines MidnightCowboy

It sometimes becomes necessary for our data to be updated for internal admin purposes. Unfortunately this then shows the articles as being updated when in fact the content might be exactly the same. This is a characteristic of Drupal and something over which we have no control. MC - Site Manager.

5 weeks 3 days ago Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software rugk

It is even possible to block OpenCandy in any installer.
You can make this by starting the installer with a specific parameter or configure your firewall so it blocks the connections to OpenCandy.

More information and a complete description how you can do this you can find here:

5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Torrent Search Engines Geert

What does a system update exactly mean? And what is the benefit of it?

5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Torrent Search Engines MidnightCowboy

This was a system update as the former editor is no longer able to maintain the page. MC - Site Manager.

5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Torrent Search Engines arieshifman

Very clear and useful.


5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Torrent Search Engines Geert

If this article is updated then why is the comment

"I tried going to the and websites and I keep getting a gateway error message"

still neglected?

5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Calculator Panzer

Reor updated to version 1.3.1:

5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Firewall Protection astral_cyborg

Hmm, I haven't thought of that. I have also the Avast antivirus installed.
So, the problem may be an incompatibility between these two applications huh?

It feels weird though, as before the format, the two of them used to cooperate normally.

I can't remember, if I had Comodo v7 installed at the very beginning and updating it afterwards or if I had installed v8 before Avast.

Anyway, I'm trying to get used to Private firewall, because I like the low system requirements that it has.

5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer


The Sensational December Machine is an interactive short story, with hand-drawn art and text:

Goat Herd and the Gods:

5 weeks 3 days ago My Most Popular Hot Finds For 2014 foamerfan72

I have already made my comment regarding what happened when I clicked on the link to get rid of G+. The link you provided appears to ask for further information to add to G+, not to opt out or cancel G+.

5 weeks 3 days ago My Most Popular Hot Finds For 2014 foamerfan72


In your how to remove G+ link, I tried but didn't see anything to downgrade. The only thing I saw was additional information that Google wanted and the only thing to click on was an "Upgrade" button. I rarely use Google so I don't totally understand how it works. All I know is I wasn't about to hit the "Upgrade" button.

5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software Looker

Sorry for this post.

'I had to make a post in order to quit receiving updates on this thread.'

I have been getting email notifications for a year and a half (since March 2013) every time someone posts to this thread/review, which was great at first, but I have been trying to stop it for over a year. I have tried everything I could find. Finally, I saw that I was not the only one having the issue, as per this forum thread:

The solution there, as of Sept 2014, is to edit your original post and un-check the "Notify me when new comments are posted".

Unfortunately, I couldn't find any way to edit my original post. I tried logging on from Firefox and from IE, but there is no edit button anywhere on the page that I could find.

So now I am trying to create a new post and make sure the "Notify me when new comments are posted" checkbox is un-checked. Sorry for the extra "noise".

5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Online Backup Sites joe0709

You should put MEGA on the list. You get 50gb of free storage and it is encrypted. You can also access from any device, at any time.

5 weeks 4 days ago Save Ink And Paper. Print Only The Parts Of A Web Page That You Want Frank D

I've checked and can't find any Firefox addon named Clearly, except one for Evernote, which I do not use. Are you sure of the name of the addon?

I use Tranquility, and bookmarklets Print Friendly, PrintWhatYouLike, and Clippable, depending on the type of input and the output options.

5 weeks 4 days ago Save Ink And Paper. Print Only The Parts Of A Web Page That You Want sailfree

For Firefox users there is an extension called Clearly that works great.

5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Web Browser oneengguy

Hello Remah,

I would like to recommend for your review an additional browser that I have found simply spectacular in all of its (comprehensive) offerings: SlimJet. I have tried and tweaked and relied on all browsers that are listed on Gizmo's Site for so many years (best software review site on the net, by the way :-) and I am now relying on SlimJet as my work-horse browsing tool (W7 DELL XPS 1645 laptop). A very strong recommendation. Also: I am relying on the remarkable extension "ublock" to assist me with my browsing.

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Hi jorgreem,
If you have a look at your Faststone program you will find it includes full EXIF metadata and the ability to add comments to it. It also performs basic editing extremely well and you can annotate pictures to use for tutorials etc.
I have tried many other viewers, and always came back to Faststone, eventually sending a donation because it was a program I used daily, and not because they had witheld any features.
Best wishes

5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software freestuffrocks

Yes, I completely agree. The problem is very much with Avast, and having used both their removal tools and searched manually for any remnants, I and the avast community have run out of ideas.

PS - I hope it didn't seem as if I was blaming Chiron or the excellent work he does both here and on the Comodo forums.

5 weeks 4 days ago How to Tell If A Website Is Dangerous MrDog

The link for Comodo Web Inspector brings up a security warning in Firefox - it has an invalid security certificate!

5 weeks 4 days ago Cnet ( Wrapped Installer eikelein

You write "even for something you are getting for free". Wouldn't it be better to say "... especially for something..."?

5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

It is important to understand this is not Comodo's fault, but that of Avast! and I have encountered similar "after Avast!" issues with other security programs, especially when the Avast! uninstall tool provided by the vendor has not been used. MC - Site Manager.

5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

This is not true. MC - Site Manager.

"Operating system: Windows XP SP3 32-bit, Windows Vista (SP2), Microsoft Windows 7 (SP1), Microsoft Windows 8. RAM: 512MB. Hard disk space: 700 MB".

5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software wildman

Please let people know that BitDefender is no longer compatible with Windows7.


5 weeks 4 days ago Website of the Week: the Inner Body (Human Anatomy) rhiannon

No problem, even I forget what I've written about sometimes. :)

5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software freestuffrocks

Reluctantly I've just abandoned Comodo AV after yet another nightmare install attempt (in fact, many attempts!). Version 7 worked fine but version 8 wont install despite following Chiron's clean install guide on the Comodo forums to the letter - Comodo keeps on saying it can't load because Avast is incompatible despite me looking everywhere and, as far as I know, removing everything to do with Avast. I also used the firewall part of CIS and I particularly liked the way you could bind applications with Comodo, for instance, to a VPN to safeguard against disconnects.

Anyway I've switched to Panda free AV and working nicely - never used it before and wasn't aware of its excellent performance in recent AV tests.

5 weeks 4 days ago Website of the Week: the Inner Body (Human Anatomy) Maurice I

My apology; you did a review about biodigital human back in 2011, I had forgot about it until I thought on it for awhile.Maurice

5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Firewall Protection freestuffrocks

Like you I've just abandoned my long time favorite Comodo. Version 7 worked fine but version 8 wont install despite following Chiron's guide on the Comodo forums to the letter - Comodo keeps on saying it can't load because Avast is incompatible despite me looking everywhere and, as far as I know, removing everything to do with Avast. I particularly liked the way you could bind applications with Comodo, for instance, to a VPN to safeguard against disconnects. I think you can do that with Windows 7 firewall too but of course it doesn't give the super protection Comodo does with D+ etc.

5 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software GoustiFruit

I'd like to download an older version (2.0.3 for example) to check if the problem was introduced in the latest one, but it's nowhere to be found :-\
Also another problem I noticed is that my system (Windows 8.1) will freeze for 30s after startup, on the desktop, after AOMEI Backupper is installed. The solution is to disable "AOMEI Backupper Scheduler Service" (in msconfig for example, or Windows Services manager).

5 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software AndyR

Very sorry for my extremely late reply to your post, I blame it on old age, it has nothing to do with the alcohol consumption that is just a myth... Thank you for the additional information. I think possibly the problem may well lie in the actual BIOS of your system since you have placed a new HDD into an older system it may well not be detecting it correctly until Windows actually boots and loads up the correct drivers for said HDD... that is just an educated guess ! don't hold me to my word on that, as I have seen the same problem myself within some laptops if you place a high speed 7,500 drive into them the BIOS can detect it yes however it does not really know what the heck it is until the drivers are loaded... *shrug* I know your using a desktop system but the same would apply I imagine...

5 weeks 5 days ago How to Install Comodo Firewall Cilverjolt

In comodo 8 I'm not being alerted when an application gets sandboxed. I'm use to comodo 6/7 asking if it should sandbox the program, but in 8 there is no popups at all.

5 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software AndyR

Hi GoustiFruit, Thank you for your information, funny you should mention it as I have just finished repairing a Gateway laptop (10 years old)and installed Win 8 on it more so out of curiosity to see if it would take it... and yes it did working perfectly... Now I always create a recovery partition in conjunction with my own scripts in order to initiate a "recovery boot process" if the user so needs it said image is always made with AOMEI though on this occasion after running the recovery process the image deployment started and yes it took about 30 minutes plus ! my thoughts were something is not right here... it should take 6 mins max normally... the result was a broken operating system once it did finally boot after looping several times during the POST (Power On Self Test) 100's of corrupted files, I was not happy to say the least, time is money after all... I have contacted AOMEI concerning this problem with Windows 8 the actual problem lies within their boot loader and I have suggested a fix for it although my workaround would have to include a GRUB loader so its not actually a true Windows PE environment... I am quite sure AOMEI will fix this problem ASAP and when they do I shall update this post to reflect that fact :-)

5 weeks 5 days ago Best Free eBook Reader for Android Ran Talbott

Overall, an excellent summary and comparison, but you missed an important "feature" of Google Books: it won't read books you've stored on the device. If, like me, you have a lot of free classics from sources like Project Gutenberg, you can't just copy them to your tablet with a tool like Calibre and read them the way you can with other systems. They have to be uploaded to Google Play first. Then they have to be re-downloaded from there. If you're offline because you're unexpectedly stuck in the waiting room at your doctor's office or car repair shop, too bad. If you'd rather Google didn't know that you secretly enjoy reading supermarket tabloids, or cheesy 1950s bodice-rippers, too bad.

The instructions on the device for uploading are awful. Be sure you have easy access to searching online before trying it.

It could be worse: I took a plane trip recently, and downloaded (I _thought_) a couple of magazines to read on my iPad on the plane. Imagine my surprise when I tried to open them onboard and discovered all I'd actually downloaded were cover pictures and some sort of link I could use to read them if I still had the WiFi in the boarding lounge. At least the google app appears to grab the whole book: I experimented by turning off WiFi after I started reading, and it was still there. But trying to access the other two in the "starter" library told me I had to go back online to get them.

I bought a cheap tablet on Black Friday that came with KitKat and version 3.1.33 of the reader. The "read aloud" is "okay", probably due to the reported recent improvements in Google's TTS. If it weren't for the cheap speaker (which sounds like it was recycled from cosmetic reject dollar-store headphones), it might even be "good".

Thanks again for taking the time to write this: now I know what to try next ;-)

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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. ""

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

5 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Disk Space Analyzer vandamme

You forgot the Linux versions!

KDirStat is the program that WinDirStat was cloned from. And, naturally, you don't have to worry about trojans in that.

Baobab is a Gnome app that comes with some distros, like Mint. It's also called "Disk Usage Analyzer". After searching around Gismo's in vain, I discovered I already had it.

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I have been given a PC and I want to determine if its 64bit and therefore what OS to purchase. I prefer 64-bit but dont know if this machine is capable.

How do I determine that the hardware is 64 bit capable when there is no operating system installed?

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Greetings All!

From a an academic point of view - if you use OUTLINING on a regular basis there appears to be NO BETTER CHOICE than WPS aka Kingsoft.

Why? Because it works the SAME as Microsoft Office.

ALL other suite choices are not very intuitive when outlining. In fact they are annoying to use.

I have NOT SEEN this mentioned in any review or comments.

Hopefully, this helps in choosing your "go to" office suite.

To all, happy, safe and healthy New Year 2015!

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in reference to eikelein's comment,
How could he write "How can you write "but he ... further"?"
It's ... it's ... dispithhicable. (that's just my lispth)

5 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Android Apps bernardz

Some of the stuff on this list looks old


Speed increase
DU Speed Booster

Currency converter

Find my car

Note also works well to get back to hotels and restaurants in strange towns

5 weeks 6 days ago Website of the Week: the Inner Body (Human Anatomy) rhiannon

I'll take a look at it when I get back to my desktop. :)

5 weeks 6 days ago Stress-Test Your Web Site. This $250 Tool Is Free From Today. Schyther2001

Thanks a lot. best wishes from Asunción Paraguay.

6 weeks 47 min ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software GoustiFruit

AOMEI Backupper is (was) great but for me it doesn't work anymore under Windows 8.1 to restore an image because the utility won't start automatically like it did before on Windows startup; it used to backup and restore my system partition (12 GB) in less than 1 minute.
Then the bootable media doesn't work either anymore, I get a "boot error" on my main machine (though it works on another).
And finally I made a bootable USB with AOMEI PE Builder which includes Backupper but restoring an image takes 45 minutes (vs 1min from Windows - when it was still working) this way !!!

6 weeks 52 min ago Best Free Hex Editor RussAdams


I extracted the executable and it can be run directly without running the install.

On the first run HxD asks your permission to create an ini file in the directory it was run from. That seems to work fine, with no administrator access required.

6 weeks 1 hour ago Best Free Hex Editor RussAdams

Good Morning!

Anyone know where HxD's 'portable' version can be downloaded? The download link points to a setup file, which is a problem.


6 weeks 8 hours ago Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 & 17.1 - MATE Edition] Jojo Yee

This article has now been updated with tips and tricks that also work well for Linux Mint 17.1 MATE Edition.

6 weeks 12 hours ago Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 & 17.1 - Cinnamon Edition] Jojo Yee

This article has now been updated with tips and tricks that work well for Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon Edition as well.

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Anything with "gen" in the detection title stands for generic. This is not a confirmed "hit" but applies to programs with features or behaviors indicative of known malicious threats. Most of these are false positives. This program is safe according to multiple scanners, including that of Comodo. :) MC - Site Manager.

6 weeks 21 hours ago Stress-Test Your Web Site. This $250 Tool Is Free From Today. Schyther2001

HI, got a warning message from Comodo Internet Security, while trying to download the setup file of the webserver stress tool: CloudScanner.Trojan.gen@2@1....not being an expert in this field i did not dare to proceed (to ignore the warning). Is it save to download it and install? thanks for the support, Giorgio

6 weeks 23 hours ago Website of the Week: the Inner Body (Human Anatomy) Maurice I

Nice one another webpage is biodigital human,relatively the same. though needs a good graphic card and 3d compatible.

6 weeks 1 day ago Stress-Test Your Web Site. This $250 Tool Is Free From Today. mincevv

Confirming there are no toolbars & adware inside installation. Usage seems to be straight forward (mostly self-explanatory) and reports look very good.

Would recommend another utility for benchmarking website people usually are not aware of: ab (part of apache web server supporting programs).

ab is a tool for benchmarking your Apache Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) server. It is designed to give you an impression of how your current Apache installation performs. This especially shows you how many requests per second your Apache installation is capable of serving.

Note: Thus program description refers to Apache web server, you can use it with any server lighttpd, IIS...

More information on ab:

Usage guide for ab:

6 weeks 1 day ago Lightweight Web Browsers Panzer

qutebrowser is a keyboard-focused browser with a minimal GUI. It’s based on Python, PyQt5, QtWebKit and free software:

6 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... Decibel Audio Player is a GTK+ open-source (GPL) audio player for GNU/Linux. It is very straightforward to use thanks to a clean and user-friendly interface ...":

Pogo Music Player (fork of Decibel Audio Player):

Lollypop is a GNOME music player:

"... Potamus is a lightweight GTK-based audio player with a simple interface and an emphasis on high audio quality ...":

"... qutebrowser is a keyboard-focused browser with with a minimal GUI. It’s based on Python, PyQt5, QtWebKit and free software ...":

6 weeks 1 day ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

AirBuccaneers - a multiplayer airship-FPS game about vicious Buccaneers and infamous Vikings battling in the sky (now free):

6 weeks 1 day ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

"... Ultima Ratio Regum ... A roguelike game inspired by the literature of Jorge Borges, Umberto Eco&Neal Stephenson, and the games Europa Universalis and Dark Souls ... It’s a game which aims to integrate thematic content on historiography, philosophical idealism and the rise of modernist grand narratives, with the deep, complex and challenging gameplay one expects from a “classic” roguelike (and, of course, an ANSI display and permadeath) ...":

6 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

wasavi - VI editor for any web page (extension for Chrome, Opera and Firefox):

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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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New version of PotPlayer is available: 1.6.51480.

6 weeks 2 days ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour dalchina

The solution is to re-apply the same theme when you resume from hibernate.

You can experiment with that manually to prove the idea. With colours set as you wish, hibernate, resume-> colours lost. Then rt click desktop, personalise, reapply the theme.

To do this programmatically, I set up a scheduled task which is launched when I resume (requires a special event trigger condition I fortunately found on another forum) to launch a program - Winaero's themeswitcher which takes the theme you are using as parameter.

(I did try the command line solutions I found to apply a theme, but with limited success - themeswitcher is just much simpler)

I've not seen a solution for this elsewhere.

Now I've a pleasant pale yellow in most fields and backgrounds- explorer and non-standard windows excepted of course.

6 weeks 2 days ago Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu after Installation [Ubuntu 14.04 - 14.10] Jojo Yee

This article has now been updated with tips and tricks that work well with Ubuntu 14.10.

6 weeks 2 days ago Five Places to Find New Uses for Old Smartphones and Tablets anniesnow

I had always thought that there were no uses for a smart phone once it had been disconnected from the phone service. This is good to know since I have several tucked away in a drawer. Great ideas!

6 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software biggerabalone

it may not be a false positive. there are many corporations (one of which i worked for) that have proprietary secrets and/or negotiations ongoing for business deals. our servers were repeatedly hacked by hackers located in china. how they accessed our systems led to the banning of communist/state owned/chinese software for all employees in sensitive areas. i guess it make sense(?), i doubt the u.s. military used soviet cloud based antivirus software to secure their systems during the cold war, lol. perhaps comodo is aware of this building tension/caution within governmental and business environments.

6 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Email Software Remah

As you say, good freeware products often beat paid products. That is why this site exists.

Sorry, the problem you had replying to my comment has been seen before. I couldn't find any identified cause or resolution for it in the forum where it has been discussed in a couple of threads.

No problem about the Outlook comments. It is not just whether it is freeware but whether the mention of the paid product is useful in relation to free products. You'll notice that we have lots of stuff on Windows because it is required to run free software and we do have mentions of Outlook because it is the paid product against which all other email programs are compared. So if you'd presented your comments as part of a comparison of free email and Outlook they would have been left in. But a list of deficiencies you found in Outlook is not acceptable without any reference to freeware.

Anyway, I read them through and checked some of them out. The difficulty with comparing a standalone program with one program in a suite is that the suite utilizes other programs to provide additional features. Taking the example of multi-language spell checking, which is useful for many people, Pegasus Mail has a real advantage. However, Office can do it using Word which does handle multi-language text.

6 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Email Software dsp_418


Sorry for posting about Outlook, I forgot about posting freeware only.
The interesting thing though is that even a paid product sometimes can't compete with good freeware (especially considered when they have so many flaws!)

Edit: Strange, I clicked on Reply to your comment but it didn't work, my reply shows up as a new post.

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Overpowered reminds me of I Wanna Be the Guy. Its very hard

6 weeks 3 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer


Patience is a free solitaire game for Windows with over 200 games:

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Welcome your comment Need3.

TrueCrypt has now been delisted and replaced with AES Crypt. Give it a try and see how it goes.

6 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Software for Linux need3

Thanks a lot for this list of Linux software.
Yesterday, using probably the wrong application, I was taking hours to sync two folders, then after reading here I learned about FreeFileSync, that finished the job in a few minutes, awesome.

By the way, I see that Truecrypt is still listed, with a link pointing to http://www[dot]truecrypt[dot]org/downloads [Mod: bad link obfuscated], which is currently considered suspicious. Looking for alternatives, so far I tried tcplay, not very user friendly being text only, but it works well with Truecrypt archives.

6 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Email Software Remah

Thanks for some interesting things I will remember such as multi-language spell check in Pegasus Mail.

For those who are interested in looking more widely than the products recommended in this article then here's some links to help you, particularly if you are unfamiliar with the products mentioned by dsp_418:
TB means ThunderBird and is already recommended in this article.
PMail is actually called Pegasus Mail, a venerable product that could certainly do with an updated interface. It is not reviewed in this article and has not been fully tested for Windows 7 and 8.
M2 is now available separately as Opera Mail and looks good. The review in this article was written before the name change.
Mailbird is also not reviewed in this article.
Sylpheed and Claws Mail are open source products that also have not been reviewed in this article.

Microsoft Outlook is a paid product (which is different to the free webmail at and this site is about freeware. Those comments were removed as they related only to Outlook itself.

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So...if I find the correct .iso for my win7x64 (hm prem) burn that to a dvd or cd use that to boot to then use my System Image I have created I should be back in business if all goes well, am I on the right track here? I have an HP desktop and want to avoid all the bloatware and hassle of having to reconfig my pc to OEM (I changed the HDD to SSD and gfx card and RAM sticks) my hp recovery discs wont work unless I revert back to that set up...BTDT. Just trying to find a hassle free way to if needed to get it back to now.

6 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Email Software dsp_418

I think I've tried them all, all the email clients out there (if not all, 99% of the existing clients).
I've been a TB user for years, finding it probably the closest one to fit my needs.
I switched to PMail after having used it years ago, and now it's my default client. Despite it's old fashion interface (and I must admit not very pleasant as well), it's probably the most powerful client out there, the most solid and the most robust. Also I might be wrong, but as far as I know it's the only client that check messages using two spell-checker at once. Filters is another great feature of Pmail, as well as the integrated spamhalter. I really PMail would have a cleaner interface, but I guess I can live with that.
There are quirks, of course: attachment are not saved locally, is not multi-threading (yes! is not!!), and again, GUI, GUI, GUI: at first is not not easy to move through the options and figure out things.

Then there are lot of other good clients, but no one close to rule them all.

Foxmail: I believe they made a wrong decision going with the minimal interface, now things are just hidden (yes, usability is about hiding extra steps for the user, but when hiding tools makes hard to find them, that's not good usability anymore). Filters are not as good as PMail. No international spell-checker capability as far as I remember. Also developers seem to not respond any featurerequest /bugs submission emails.

M2, great client, just I believe Opera at this point abandoned it.

[* Comments about Outlook were removed because it is a paid product and is not free -Remah, editor *]

Sylpheed, looks like TB just with a older GUI.

Claws, could be good but something is not quite there yet, hm... I guess on Linux the experience is better though.

EM Client, not good filtering, develop doesn't seem to be that fast at the end, perhaps they're focusing on making it solid fixing bugs first. We'll see...

Mailbird, if I'm not mistaken this was a memory hog, also not very impressed by its features (sorry for not being more detailed about it, I've tried it a while ago, I decided it wasn't good).

Just my 2 c.

Edit: After checking once again Claws email I find out it also allows to use two spell-checker at the same time. Claws could be a good client, except for a few things that bother me:
1 - Fancy, the plugin used to view html message, is buggy on Windows. On my machine sometimes hangs up the application, sometimes it works but it's just very slow.
2 - Claws doesn't support rich-text/html text message: the user can use Fancy to view messages (with some issues, point 1 above) but is not possible to create html message. Is just not implemented (and it seems developers want to keep it this way).
3 - Even though there's a calendar, the features seem to be quite minimal. It might work just fine for common tasks, I haven't tested it enough.
4 - Filters seem to be pretty good, just a bit cumbersome as the user need to go through several clicks in order to complete all the steps necessary to create a new rule.

All in all it's quite evident that Claws is a porting, the feeling is that is not a native Windows app and window dialogs, icons, responsiveness are clear signs of it.

6 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

My apologies for the late reply.
The problem is that in the world of organizing music, there are two ways of doing it. There is the one way, in which you did it - which is to sort everything into folders. Then, there is the more common way - by way of tags. Tags are small bits of information hooked onto your music files which indicate which album they belong to, what the artist is, and what the song's name is. To see what I'm talking about, stick the SD card into your computer and look at your music with Windows Explorer. Go to a track, right-click it, choose "Properties", and then go into the "Details" tab. Here you'll see different fields, such as Title, Rating, Comments, Album artist, Album, Year, etc. These are the song's tags. If the file isn't open in another program, you can also edit most of them. Google play music (and most other music players) organize music based on their tags. If an album is being split into two, look at one track of each of the two "new" albums, and you'll notice the album tag is different. It could be a small difference, or it could be a big difference. Whatever it is, the fact that it /is/ different means that Google Play Music will see it as two different albums. As to your songs ending up in different artist - this most likely comes from you having albums with multiple artists. In Google Play Music (I'll just abbreviate it GPM from now on), if you go into the artists section, different tracks from that album will be under different artists. However, if you go into the albums section, it should all go into the same album. So, basically, GPM uses the tags to sort your music, while Windows Explorer just looks at which folder they're in, and displays your music like that.
If you want everything properly organized, you pretty much have two options. The first option is that you get a music player that supports folder-based playback. Rocket Player supports folder-based music playback, so if you like, you can check that out. Just make sure you go into the "Folders" tab, otherwise you'll have your music organized the same way it is on Google Play. If you want a quick solution, this is the way to go. If you want to keep using GPM but have everything organized, you can edit the tags. This can be time-consuming, depending on how much music you have and how many tracks need editing. On the other hand, it has several advantages. For one, you have more flexibility when it comes to sorting your music. You can instantly look at your music sorted in different ways. For example, you can play a mix of music from a certain artist, regardless of which album(s) the music comes from. Or, you can play a mix of music from a certain genre, regardless of artist or album. The other advantage is that you don't necessarily need to organize your music into folders any more - whenever you get new music, you can just dump it into one folder, if you don't mind the mess - it will all appear properly organized in GPM. If you want to edit the tags, you can either do it on your computer or on your device (although that could well not work if you're on Android 4.4). If you want to do it on your computer, you can do it as I explained earlier. If you want to do it on your device, you can do it with Rocket Player - that has the capability of editing tags.

6 weeks 4 days ago A Superb Time-Saver For Twitter Addicts! jhank

Thanks, it would be like having twitter open. I follow to many

6 weeks 4 days ago A Superb Time-Saver For Twitter Addicts! rob.schifreen

The latter.

6 weeks 4 days ago A Superb Time-Saver For Twitter Addicts! jhank

Does this pop up on direct tweets or all that a person follows?

6 weeks 4 days ago Best Free BitTorrent Client OptometristPrime

Thank you for sharing my thoughts on that. I believe every software should be customizable to user's own tastes, specifically because of the lately trend of these horrifically hideous & atrocious childish flat designs of bright colors (which you cannot do ANYTHING about on Windows 7, because they use something that overrides the Windows colors & themes, an absolutely INFURIATING thing I find totally unacceptable) and because of the fact everyone has different NEEDS. I *need* and I really mean *need* a dark set up, I spend all of my time staring at the screen & white or bright colors being the base for things makes me insane with rage (as well as hurts my eyes). Also, we need the ability to be able to control things more. It's like people have decided to start only developing software for clapping seals with no ability to open an options panel, or who actually need a step by step instruction guide on how to open it, or people who never just look through settings when first installing software (if they don't, I'm sorry, but they need to get off computers & just go get a tablet or something. Computers aren't for them) and the rest of us, the people who love computers, need options & control, and know what we're doing, well....we're screwed & thrown to the side with no regard for us. It's unfortunate, because we are the ones who will give the reviews, we are the ones who care the most & we are the ones who most utilize the software available out there. We are computer users, and if people want to give up all control, have ugly, forced user interfaces & still have a shiny electronic device with a screen, by all means, let them get an iPhone & let us keep our Androids & computers....
Nothing makes me hate a software more & uninstall it faster than a forced UI (specifically a bright, flat one. I barely can stand the Spotify desktop UI, and that's a dark one though) with ugly bright colors and absolutely nothing I can do about it. I just want the option-Most of the time it requires nothing of the developer to give us the ability, and even more, to keep the ability if it was already an option in earlier versions & it makes literally no sense to remove a feature that doesn't hinder anyone's use but gives some of us the option to make the software bearable.....

6 weeks 4 days ago Best Free BitTorrent Client OptometristPrime

I have issues with it thinking all the data it gathered last time it was open never existed on my computer, where suddenly it will totally say in the column for "size downloaded" that I did indeed grab the large amount or whatever, and there's nothing I can do about it. It's really odd actually. Bummer, because it's currently seeming like the only available torrent client which not only has all the features that it should & I want/need, but looks good & boasts the only search function (at least worth using at all), which happens to show the s/l for each AND the URL it got the result from. :( Let me know if you ever find anything to replace it....I'm on the same search. :(

6 weeks 4 days ago Best Free BitTorrent Client OptometristPrime

Huh? anti-leech system? I haven't really seen any issues. However, maybe I'm not sure what you're talking about because it has to do with using private trackers? No, I doubt there's a way to know what you need to know. However, there's a LOT of information choices available in the columns you set for the main window. Very helpful. I have only really had issues with trackers asking me for credentials or whatever, but I think that may be a rarer issue due to some of the security settings I have & maybe my VPN or something. Recommend at least trying qBittorrent. Get it from somewhere besides sourceforge though, unfortunately the owners of that website have destroyed a once great software hub.

6 weeks 4 days ago Best Free BitTorrent Client OptometristPrime

You are totally wrong there. I made the switch a few years ago because I was sick of everything about utorrent, including the interface. I see minimal problems with qbittorrent, but it's worth the issues considering the epic search function (which is extensible through .py plugin downloads, or if you can write python, you can make one for any site) the absolutely awesome RSS functions (far superior than utorrent) and honestly the only thing I've missed is the ability to tell things to always seed no matter what, regardless of the set number of seeding torrents at a time & the queue they are in.

The only real issue I see is tracker problems, which I believe are mostly due to my own security set up, and a few file-checking issues once in a while. Still, regardless, it's miles better than utorrent, and they are open-source, they haven't sold out, you don't deal with adware, spyware, malware etc, there's a built in function for a custom IP blocklist, the custom advanced settings are many, and overall, it's just great.

You can also prioritize files within a torrent. This will allow you to make sure some files within it will download much faster. You can't set priority for the entire torrent from within the list of all torrents, but you can maximize the priority from within the "file" area below, just select all of the items in the torrent folder thing & right click & choose the priority. Oh yeah, it is also good at renaming or moving files from within, but if you rename them outside of the client, there's not really a way to keep seeding, so if you use a media center like XBMC or something & need to rename things a specific way, you may be annoyed as hell when you have to rename the episodes of something, one by one, within qbittorrent, though that's worth it in my opinion. Most things show up in XBMC anyways..... personally I think it's the only good torrent client available right now besides transmission, which I really wish the group would release a version for Windows that was identical to it.

6 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Email Software MidnightCowboy

Thank you for expressing an interest in Pop Peeper but this application is a notification tool and not a full-fledged email client which is the subject of this review. MC - Site Manager.

6 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Email Software awol

I second the motion.

I love Pop Peeper and have relied on it for years for my Verizon as well as my gmail addresses. It is very stable, regularly updated, and flexible. New major release in the works.

I use it as a first line anti-spam tool. It allows me to view my email and selectively delete it on the server site. I view Sender and Subject info only, so I can quickly delete the spam from my provider's site. Then I can view the bodies of the remaining ones in text mode and delete more. What's left I download to Thunderbird to keep. Yes, I could do most of this in Thunderbird, but PopPeeper display is very lightweight and agile and serves as a great preliminary filter.

I would love a Gizmo review.


6 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software OhZone

One of the things I love about this site is that the reviews are always reviewed, meaning that when things change, you often update the best-of lists. And the comments are often very helpful.

Just out of curiosity, though, wasn't Microsoft Security Essentials top rated a while back? O_O But now it's off the list and just mentioned as sub-par? OHMY! What happened?

Also, an update of Avast gave be blue screens of death, and when I uninstalled it and tried to go to Comodo, it said I already had it and couldn't upgrade directly. I'm thinking it's because I have the firewall version. I reinstalled Avast but chose the minimal bells and whistles. So far - so good, but I'm thinking of uninstalling the Comodo firewall and trying Comodo anti-virus again.

Anyway, again what happened to MS Essentials?

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I'm looking for a copier that can copy from several sources to one destination. That is, browse to a file or folder somewhere, mark it, repeat until done, then copy all to destinatioin location. I don't much care where in this process the destination location is specified, or how it's specified. I just want something with the capability of marking several things and sending them (either copying or moving them) to a destination. Anyone remember XTree or ZTree? I'd love something like that, but with a GUI, not the horrible pseudo-GUI run in a DOS window.

6 weeks 4 days ago Site Suggestions and Feedback yyyy

Hello, Thanks for all the hard work. But,... I'd like something more.
I like pages like this one:
I can make my own religion based on the features listed. I'd love to see more tables of that type when reading from Gizmo's. Sometimes, features that look important to the editor might be pointless to me, or the opposite.
It also would be nice to be able to fill in that type of table collaboratively.

6 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Program Launcher 10basetom

FYI the link to Enso's website is dead. I believe this program is also no longer in active development, but I did find this:

6 weeks 5 days ago A Superb Time-Saver For Twitter Addicts! beergas

Worth a shot tho looks like could get annoying. Been using one of those sites that sends you a summary at optional times. Can quik scan them at leisure rather than in frenzy of busy times.

6 weeks 5 days ago A Superb Time-Saver For Twitter Addicts! mrin

Great! I was looking for a small app like this.

6 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Photo Slideshow Software StahlSS


You are correct in your comments on Photostory.

I have been behind in my duties of category editor, for several reasons, some of which have to do with the apparent abandonment of hands-on slideshow programs for the convenience of point and shoot devices such as the ipad in the last year!

I added some observations to the beginning of this category as to the snap shot mentality of the present generation of picture takers.

There have been no comments such as yours for over a year! and I was about to give up the category.

But if there is interest, I will re-review some of the new programs and report on them.

Thanks for the input.

Don Stahl

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Greetings! I am a new member, and I have not used any Gizmos yet.

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I'm surprised that there was no mention of the 'sandbox' for experienced users.

6 weeks 6 days ago How to Disable Internet Explorer MikeR

Whoa, whoa . . .

I've just tried out this little trick because I don't use Internet Explorer. I then clicked on the December Windows Update alert that's been sitting in my tray for a few days and, guess what: Windows Update wouldn't work. Error code edt something or other.

Trouble shooting the problem (which has never happened before) led to Windows suggesting a firewall setting or some other program was causing Windows Update download/ installation to fail. However. . . as only 5 minutes earlier, I'd made the and 80 change to the IE LAN setting,I assumed it had to be that, so I reversed the setting changes by deleting the and port 80 entries as well as unchecking the proxy box.

Result? Windows Update functioned normally again and, as I finish scribbling this note, it is reporting "all updates were successfully installed", restart now.

In view of my experience just now -- bearing in mind that I do *not* let Windows automatically download and install updates, but instead have it set to alert me when new updates are ready for downloading -- it seems that disabling IE along the lines suggested in this article *will* impact on Windows Update. (Mine's a Win 7 x64, by the way.)

6 weeks 6 days ago How to Disable Internet Explorer MikeR

I wonder if instead of confining itself to whether or not the computer user needs IE or not, the article might touch upon whether or not a newly installed program needs IE or not? I remember a post on another forum about someone who couldn't get his newly purchased software to work in anything other than demo / trial mode; turned out it had been trying to use IE to dial home for license activation, but IE had been disabled on that particular computer. Mind you, I can't see that many developers being daft enough to specify IE and IE alone.

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@ fudgeman,
Thank you gizmodo for the info.
This "info" was supplied by Vic Laurie, Editor/Volunteer in charge of Tech Tips here @
Ian "Gizmo" Richards' Tech Support Alert.
While it's good to see someone who believes so strongly in FireFox just leaving the ads and not clicking through and/or buying something from an ad is somewhat of an empty gesture. If every other user donated $2 (the minimum) 1 time, every other year, we could enjoy it without the ads.
What do you say? I'll show you my receipt, if that's what it takes.

michael clyde

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if you have clamwin, you might as well pair clam sentinel with it to give it real time scanning. it has a portable.

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At my end, I get exactly the same number of pages in PDF created with doPDF as in the source file. Can you try other source files if the issue persists Debasish Ghosh?

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Cool. Have you seen Paletton? Is it similar enough to be included? (