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11 weeks 9 hours ago Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager Anupam

I guess you are correct.

Please note that with different software, there are different conditions, and therefore, sometimes it can be hard for an editor to choose a category for such software.

Like, LastPass can be called as unrestricted freeware, since by comparison of free and commercial version, I found that the free version is not restricted, and the commercial version has extra features, which might not be required by general users.

Similarly, Access Manager can be called as feature limited freeware, since the free version has less features than commercial ones.

Therefore, these can be interpreted differently by different editors. Gizmo's provides a guide or just a review of the software. Editors try to provide as much information as possible, but it is also on the users to check the sites of the software, and decide on their own.

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11 weeks 9 hours ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android George.J

RocketPlayer is good, but even simple things like finding Album Art requires you to pay for the software. This put me off. MusixMatch seems to be good for now.

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11 weeks 12 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... Rendera is an open-source painting package. It is useful for useful for photo-retouching, seamless tile production, and other painting tasks ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/rendera/

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11 weeks 12 hours ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

"... Jersey Kart is a kart-style racing video game featuring many different exciting races, impressive speeds, amazing tricks and power-ups to use against opponents. It also has the multiplayer option and lots of other options to customize the game according to your preferences including various skins for the user interface ...:"
http://www.jersey-kart.com/

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11 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Desktop Search Utility jet005303199369...

You may want to check out Docfetcher again. Version 1.1.12 seems to include MP3's, and at least jpeg/jpg among images. It has no issues on windows 7 for me (e.g. no 64-bit java problems). Because it is portable and I'm mostly interested in searching my pdf library, it has become my new indexer. I had been looking for a capable portable desktop indexer one for quite some time and had been previously disappointing. Docfetcher looks to be getting 3 updates per year the last couple years so it's being supported currently as well.

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11 weeks 1 day ago A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux Phylis Sophical

Flux is a 'must have' for me too. btw, there is an adjustment for movies as well as other fine tuning features.

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11 weeks 1 day ago A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux SwanKnight

I tried this a long time ago and I distinctly remember that I hated it at the time. The idea sounds great in theory, but in reality it kept dimming the screen too much, it was never comfortable.

Perhaps it improved over time, I'll give it another shot.

Edit: No, it's still too uncomfortable for eyes, also there's no option to detect games/movies so it can be disabled automatically as far as I could tell.

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11 weeks 1 day ago A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux boristhemoggy

I work online and do 2 night shifts a week and this is invaluable. Most of my colleagues have it now and it only takes a slight adjustment for it to make a massive difference. I don't get itchy eyes anymore. If you spend a lot of time at a monitor, especially in less than great lighting, you need this.

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11 weeks 1 day ago Quickly Check Any Document For Grammar, Plagiarism And More MelvilDui

Moderator: Could we please have an official statement as to whether this is currently "free" including the Plagiarism component.

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11 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Software for Linux Jojo Yee

Thanks Panzer. ISO Master has now been added to the list. Trimage is good for optimizing images in bulk but I find the RIOT plugin for GIMP works better for individual images with more options.

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11 weeks 1 day ago A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux pmcmahon

It works on OS X as well. There's a version for linux: https://justgetflux.com/linux.html but I ended up using redshift http://jonls.dk/redshift/

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11 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Office Suite jimwg

What sells FreeOffice on me is its ability to both read and write .odt files, which makes it almost singularly universal as a replacement for Open/LibreOffice and Word. If WPS only included just this one ability they'd a officeful of customers here for life.

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11 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

PyGTK lets you to easily create programs with a graphical user interface using the Python programming language:
http://www.pygtk.org/

nvpy is a simplenote-syncing note-taking tool:
https://github.com/cpbotha/nvpy

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11 weeks 1 day ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Sky Dawgz - an aerial dawgfighting game with WW2 Planes:
http://gamejolt.com/games/arcade/sky-dawgz/39006/

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11 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Qihoo Internet Security 5.0 released. They don't update the IS version webpage though, it still shows at 4.9

The Total Security is at version 5.2 Stable and 6.0 Beta, but it's good to see the lightweight Internet Security version is still getting developed.

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11 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager ichabod

Thanks, Anupam. Now, I see that I might have made some incorrect assumptions about how your distinction works among such categories as unrestricted freeware, restricted freeware, and premium or commercial products. (If there's a page on your website or forum that explains this, I'd appreciate a link to it.)

Am I correct, then, with the following statements?

1. LastPass and RoboForm are restricted freeware because the free and premium versions are the same download with the premium features available after payment.

2. The other products are unrestricted freeware because premium features are provided through purchase of separate products.

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11 weeks 1 day ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World - Part I MrBrian

I fixed the link. Thank you for reporting :).

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11 weeks 2 days ago Quickly Check Any Document For Grammar, Plagiarism And More MelvilDui

I went to the website this morning, tested it was advised that feature was included only in the "Premium" (paid version). I did do my due diligence. Actually, only a court can rule on plagiarism. I stand by my comments.

I actually tested it on several Wikipedia articles for the other "features" (grammar and spelling) and no credentialed academic would use it seriously for the purpose for which it is being promoted.

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11 weeks 2 days ago How to Install Comodo Firewall mandhi

Chiron, should I activate the "Viruscope" using its configuration? thank you

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11 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer jkkortz

Ok I have a new HP laptop and downloaded MusicBee for my collection. I just went in to a grouping of my music and hit 'select all', then I right clicked on the selected songs and pasted them into a new Notepad document. Came out perfect. That is the only way I could do it in this program, hope it helps. Have a nice day.

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11 weeks 2 days ago Quickly Check Any Document For Grammar, Plagiarism And More MikeR

Mr Dui: sorry, but your submission's score has been compromised by inadequate research. Mr Schifreen was entirely correct in asserting that Paper Rater checks for evidence of plagiarism, and does so at no cost to the user. Accordingly, it's only possible to award you an overall mark of 50%, because no matter how eloquently you proceeded to argue your case, the fundamental premise was manifestly flawed.

Mr Schifreen therefore collects a further 1,392% on the basis that his submission was wrongfully disputed.

As to Mr Sicknero, an additional award of 100% is hereby given in recognition of both originality of content and of thought.

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11 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Office Suite hanzfanz

I agree with gravedigger. I foolishly installed this latest version without anticipating that the unsubscribed version would put watermarks on print outs and restrict saving functions. Uninstalling. Wondering if the previous version can be installed? Is LibreOffice the next viable option?

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11 weeks 2 days ago Quickly Check Any Document For Grammar, Plagiarism And More MelvilDui

The free version does not check for plagiarism. One could do that easily by copy and pasting text into a browser search box. We all know the pitfalls of grammar and spell checker. I really see nothing in this that is not readily available in any common word processing program.

As for plagiarism, it can only suggest similarities in passages and the instruction determine what has not be properly paraphrased or cited and whether the material is or is not in the public domain.

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11 weeks 2 days ago Quickly Check Any Document For Grammar, Plagiarism And More KiltedMuskrat

Thanks sicnero for the above post - I need some humor this morning. I ditto your statement.

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11 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Qtractor is an Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ around the Qt4 toolkit:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/qtractor/

EiskaltDC++ is a cross-platform program that uses the Direct Connect and ADC protocols:
https://code.google.com/p/eiskaltdc/

"... bpython is a fancy interface to the Python interpreter ...":
http://www.bpython-interpreter.org/

"... TuxGuitar is a multitrack guitar tablature editor and player written in Java-SWT, It can open GuitarPro, PowerTab and TablEdit files ...:"
http://sourceforge.net/projects/tuxguitar/

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11 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Media Player George.J

Official English Forum link updated: https://potplayer.daum.net/forum/

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11 weeks 2 days ago Got A Chromecast? Cast Your Browser And Videos Easily. Mighty

I was at a friend's, today, and he has a Chromecast. We were discussing a YouTube video, and I brought it up on my phone. He switched the TV over, and two taps later, the video was playing on his TV.

Here at home, I don't have a Chromecast, but my Tivos work the same way. I can easily send a YouTube video to either of them.

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11 weeks 2 days ago Scan and Send Documents in PDF with Your Mobile Device for Free GavinRB99

I loaded this on my Nexus 5. It crashed continuously. Every time I did anything it would do what I wanted then it would crash. Annoying. Re-loaded, no joy. I tried. It's gone in favour of CamScanner (free, https://www.camscanner.com/), which jumped through all the hoops without crashing once.

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11 weeks 3 days ago Best Free BitTorrent Client SwanKnight

None taken, by the same logic your statement "attractive interface" is equally meaningless?

In any case, I was referring to the interface design. The use of "Buttons" for almost everything, the large bland icons, the colorfully vague logo design. It all reminds me of applications that was made with VB5/6 for Windows 9X back in the day.

I tried it and from what I could tell, you can't really change anything about the interface design. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but you can change colors and fonts, but the icons and ultimately the overall design remains the same.

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11 weeks 3 days ago Best Free PDF Tools Peder

I wonder, if when you have really tested these softwares, and giving some details / features, but you have not given any information "how good or effective the applications are in use". I'm not intrested just on trivia, but the effectiveness of each application.

So is it possible, that you publish some ratio(s) between a 20 - 2 000 kB's Excel or Word file and a created pdf-file for all introduced pdf-converter(s), for example.

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11 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager Anupam

Password Safe has a disk on key version, but that is a different thing. It does not restrict Password Safe, which is free, in anyway, and therefore, the software will be called as unrestricted freeware only.

Same thing will apply to Access Manager. It has a premium version, yes, but the free version is not restricted in any way. The premium version has extra features. Therefore, this will be unrestricted freeware too. If there are some features in the free version, which are restricted, and those are available in the commercial version, then only it won't be called unrestricted freeware.

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11 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Duplicate File Remover rrman

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

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

Any thoughts ?

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11 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Download Manager George.J

The category is undergoing a major update, and since writing the review, Download Ninja has been updated to include IE and Opera support. It will be corrected during the major revision.

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11 weeks 3 days ago Click. Capture Screenshot. Upload. Share. Geekomatic

Sounds a lot like Shutter- which I've used for quite some time in Linux Mint.

Nice that the Windows folks have another 3rd party doing for them what MS never bothered to do (as with 99% of useful programs).

Cheers

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11 weeks 3 days ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World - Part I ako

No problems here. But generally you are right. Most people probably just click, and there may be next time when I use these services more efficient efforts to put something on my system.
But the work for changing all links is huge. Perhaps we should add some warning first....

Thank you for your comments.

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11 weeks 3 days ago Easy Way to List the Details of All the Drivers on Your PC MikeR

Big thanks, as ever, to Vic -- and also, kudos to Nir Sofer, the largely unsung hero of NirSoft, because it's folks like him who show the Internet at its very best. Glad to see Vic highlighting Nir's work on here.

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11 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Download Manager SwanKnight

You stated that "Ninja Download" doesn't support IE, but according to the download page, it supports IE out of the box.

In any case, I tried briefly but it was disappointing. It has several flaws, some of which you mentioned already, but there are two particular flaws that were a deal breaker for me.

1) The automatic categorization for downloads seems to be broken, more often than not it would give me the category of "None" regardless of the extension of the file I'm downloading.

2) The integration does not work unless "Ninja Download" is running in the background. If you close it, then the integration either doesn't work or gives you an error. I shouldn't have to keep it open 24/7 in the background, I certainly don't need to do that with FDM.

In any case, it looked promising, but FDM remains my favorite still.

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11 weeks 3 days ago Security Wizard Recommendations Anupam

How is installing MS security patches infecting the computer? In fact, it is securing the computer against various security vulnerabilities, some of which may be of critical nature.

While the experienced users may install updates after proper inspection, or selectively install updates, but for general users, who are not knowledgeable, Windows updates should be set to automatic.

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11 weeks 3 days ago Security Wizard Recommendations flashcraft

You said: "You set up Windows Update to automatically download and install any future patches from Microsoft."

Are you simple? Why on Earth would you infect your computer with MS patches automatically?
Do Backups. Check.
Run Firewall. Check.
Run Anti-virus. Check.
Run Anti-malware. Check.
Trust Microsoft. NO.

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11 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software scuri

AUDACITY is a 32-bit application! (it will run under 64-bit Windows, but the application is not native 64-bit!). Please correct this. Thx.

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11 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager ichabod

Password management is a challenging category for Gizmo's freeware reviews, because there are so few good products that are completely free. E.g.:

* Password Safe is listed as Unrestricted freeware, but it has a premium feature.

* Dashlane's free version (mentioned by Bolt1955) is for only one device, which also leads to its offering no secure backup or online database access. Thus, people using the free version to generate strong passwords would need to manually create and maintain secure backups of their password vault.

* Access Manager is also listed as Unrestricted freeware but it, too, has a premium version.

I realize that my bullet-points might be newer than the information from the time of the original review of these programs, but that date is not shown. When an update is only for copy-editing (maybe for _any_ update that isn't comprehensive?) it would be desirable to see the original review date as well as the copy-edit date.

When a new review is written, I would like to see each review include a comment on the product's security. E.g., is PINS, which hasn't been updated since 2003, "not crackable" as its website claims because it uses 448-bit Blowfish? KeyWallet also uses Blowfish encryption, and is in version 1.0, which apparently might be from 2001. I see that Bruce Schneier, Blowfish's creator, switched from Blowfish to Twofish in 2006 as part of his changes "to provide better security" to his Password Safe product.

For that matter, perhaps it's time for Gizmo's reviews to list the current version's DATE along with its number. While a version number is meaningful mostly in comparison to the version offered by a download site or already installed on one's computer, a version date has additional meaning--such as in alerting us to the possibility that a vintage 2003 program might not be up to the challenges of 2015 technology.

I would also like to see more priority given to the free SW's quality and functionality. In other words, if the free version of a freemium brand deserves a top rating, so be it, but if the free version of a freemium brand such as RoboForm is so limited in functionality as to make create "a major reservation" about recommending it for most readers, than its free version should be listed appropriately lower in the article and rated with fewer stars, and its limitations should be mentioned more prominently than the glowing description of its advantages. Similarly, when a new reviewer comes to this page, it will be interesting to see how that person assesses KeePass (with its free mobile apps) against the free version of LastPass (with its advanced features for the desktop version).

[Moderator's note: Commercial content edited out.]

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11 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Office Suite amayzingone

Very good post on Softmaker however you miss one important point - Kingsoft Office Free 2013 can save to docx/xlsx whilst Softmaker FreeOffice can't. So all depends on your individual requirements. As you say they are the best free options to MS Office and furthermore, both have a very small footprint compared with ALL other Office suites.

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11 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Office Suite amayzingone

Not exactly. Both WPS Office 2014(subscription based) and Kingsoft Office 2013 (pro and free versions) can still be downloaded from the Kingsoft web site. Read WPS = new subscription based offer and Kingsoft = Free or Once-off purchase for Pro version

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11 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Office Suite amayzingone

Significant amount of functionality is now removed once trial is expired. Falls well short of Kingsoft Office Free 2013 (which you can still download and use totally free)

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11 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Office Suite amayzingone

You can still download Kingsoft Free Office 2013. Just search for it on Google.
Kingsoft Free Office 2013 is still the best choice, totally free and saves to MS Office 2007/2010 document formats. None of the others save/export to docx, xlsx.
Agree with your comments on WPS Office 2014 - Stay well away!
NB: Significant amount of functionality is removed once trial is expired.

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11 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Income Tax Filing Software and Service okrick

I did comment that state returns were not free. These programs are feature limited versions of commercial products and one of the features they charge for is state returns. This also the reason they all nag. The sole exception is the IRS site which lacks state returns.

A couple of the other programs do have free state returns if certain criteria are met.

An alternative if the state has a free filing website would be file the free federal return then use the federal numbers to complete the state return. This would work best if the state return is somewhat based on the Federal such as California which takes the Federal and adds or subtracts the exceptions. The state site should be able to handle most issues where the state and Federal returns differ.

For more complex situations I recommend an appointment with the Vita or AARP volunteer tax preparation services mentioned in the article.

Rick

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11 weeks 4 days ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World - Part I ako

Just to convince you: I scanned the PC today with Hitman Pro, MBAM and AdwCleaner. No problems found.
I am now scanning with Antivir. If it sees anything, I will report it. But I don't expect to see anything exiting.

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11 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Income Tax Filing Software and Service vandamme

If you need to file a state tax e.g., New York, TaxAct's "free" suddenly jumps to $18 because you need the "Ultimate" bundle, fees, addons, yadda yadda.

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11 weeks 4 days ago CryptoLocker Encryption Cracked. How To Get Your Files Back. fessehaabraham3

is this compatible with windows7 ultimate 64bit?

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11 weeks 4 days ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World - Part I eikelein

Well, IMHO you only really know after you run ADWcleaner and Malwarebytes and both come up clean.

I encounter quite often the opinion that all PuPs can be removed in Programs and Features. Not true in my experience.

Babylon, Conduit and Searchscopes for example (there are many more) come up in these scans ONLY and can completely ruin the internet experience.

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11 weeks 4 days ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World - Part I ako

Nasties, that you can typically uncheck during installation, and if you accidentally install them, you can easily uninstall them. Or is there something more serious I am not aware of? (I yesterday reinstalled my Windows and used Download.com many times without nasty suprises.)

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11 weeks 4 days ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World - Part I MrWednesday7

Thanks.

Stupid captcha feature.

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11 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... Strife is a competitive online game that features non-stop action and thrilling combat. Take control of powerful and versatile heroes, each capable of dominating in unique ways, and exert your will in an epic battle between two teams ...":
https://strife.com/getting-started
https://strife.com/download

Acme is a programmer's text editor, shell, and user interface:
https://code.google.com/p/acme-sac/

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11 weeks 4 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

"... Strife is a competitive online game that features non-stop action and thrilling combat. Take control of powerful and versatile heroes, each capable of dominating in unique ways, and exert your will in an epic battle between two teams ...:"
https://strife.com/getting-started

The lost Vikings (now free):
https://us.battle.net/account/download/?show=classic

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11 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Drukkar is a small blogging software program and CMS:
http://drukkar.sourceforge.net/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/drukkar/

rCSSmin is a CSS minifier written in python:
http://opensource.perlig.de/rcssmin/

gipfel helps to find the names of mountains or points of interest on a picture:
http://www.ecademix.com/JohannesHofmann/gipfel.html

flpsed is a WYSIWYG PostScript annotator:
http://www.flpsed.org/flpsed.html

"... NightmareTris is a Tetris-like game with a particular feature: it always tries to choose the worst-fitting tetromino to make it as annoying to play as possible ...":
https://github.com/giacomodrago/nightmaretris

"... Zatacka X is a modern, free remake of the classic Achtung, die Kurve!. In addition to all the features from the original game, Zatacka X includes special weapons, updated graphics, sound effects and AI controlled opponents ...":
https://github.com/simenheg/zatackax

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11 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer jwleghorn

I don't have a comment to make about music players/organizers/ rippers, etc. Rather, I would like to ask a question. Does anyone know of any program of this kind that includes a print function? I would like to be able to print out lists and catalogs of my music, but aside from printing file lists from a folder, I haven't found anything like this. Can anyone help me?

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11 weeks 4 days ago Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting vernix

how to make my font

;p

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11 weeks 4 days ago Easy Way to List the Details of All the Drivers on Your PC David Roper

Midwest Guy - think of a driver as being a Refrigerator with different foods in it. Every meal you make doesn't use ALL of the ingredients in the refrigerator.

You're fine using the foods in it for weeks and suddenly you want to cook Italian or Chinese one day.

That's when you should upgrade your driver with a new refrigerator.

The new Fridge went into your same kitchen, into the same physical space as your old one. It's Maybe an inch wider.

The old regular cooks can still use it and so can any new Italian cook. Any New refrigerators should always have the old foods and also the new Italian and Chinese foods, too.

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11 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software scrppr

I picked Backerupper because of ratings. I was given a newer tower with win 7 and 500gb HD from a local business if I built the new tower and moved the software over. I picked AOMEI because I had never cloned before. I could not get the system clone to work fast so I picked the disk clone. It wouldn't boot. Nether would the partition clone. Did a backup of the system and fixed it. Now the new drive is 3tb. I can only get 2 to work. I could format the drive to GPT but can I clone onto GPT from NTFS? I have been looking for how to change from EFI to UEFI and the 3TB drive won't boot now and won't fix with win 7 install disk. I have been studying to take my comptia+ but it isn't helping me much with this.

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11 weeks 4 days ago Easy Way to List the Details of All the Drivers on Your PC v.laurie

For help with questions about individual systems and drivers, please post in our forum for general computer support: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/

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11 weeks 4 days ago Easy Way to List the Details of All the Drivers on Your PC Midwest guy

Excellent summary regarding kernel mode. Thank you. I'm a big fan and user of Sandboxie and recall reading on their forum occasional posts about this application running in kernel mode (I believe). The information in your link provides some clarity.

The reason for my asking for more information about drivers: I have a two-year old Lenovo laptop. Runs Win7 very well. My only complaint has been a somewhat finicky touchpad (Synaptics). My drivers were up-to-date per Lenovo's web site. However, last month I decided to go to Synaptics web site and download a newer version of the driver for my touchpad. I did so, and installed it via the method described below. All has gone well, and the touchpad has improved from a functional standpoint. But I'm curious...what happened to the former Synaptics driver that was on my system prior to my installing the new one? Was it automatically deleted when I installed the newer version? If not, should I do some digging around in my system to try to find the old driver files and remove them?

***************

How I updated the Synaptics driver:
- Went to Synaptics website and downloaded the driver for Win7.
- Saved zip file to Desktop.
- Extracted zip file and saved it to desktop.
- Accessed Device Manager>Mice and other pointing devices>Synaptics PS/2 Port TouchPad>Driver tab>Update driver>Browse my computer for driver software>Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer>Have disk>(in the install from disk window)Browse>locate folder from step 2>select WinWDF subfolder>select X64 subfolder>SynPD.inf>use next buttons to install (and ignore warnings about not being digitally signed)
- Device manager now shows new driver being used for the Mice and other pointing devices.

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11 weeks 4 days ago Easy Way to List the Details of All the Drivers on Your PC v.laurie

Unless you are familiar with drivers, you should probably leave them alone. Drivers have many functions and should be uninstalled only by someone who is knowledgeable about its specific purposes.

The yellow icon on a driver in the list created by this utility does not mean the driver should be uninstalled.

Added: Here is a little discussion about "kernel mode" http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/ff554836%28v=vs...

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11 weeks 4 days ago Easy Way to List the Details of All the Drivers on Your PC Midwest guy

Probably a dumb question, but I don't know because I'm not too familiar with drivers...so I'll ask and hope someone will provide a polite, helpful, and understandable answer.

I read the help text file that came with the download. It says the entries with the yellow icon mean those drivers are not running on the windows kernel. Does that mean those drivers should be uninstalled from my pc? If not, then:
1) how does one determine if there are drivers that should be uninstalled, and
2) how does one properly uninstall such drivers?

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11 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Spell-Checker MidnightCowboy

Thank you for pointing this out. The links have now been updated. MC - Site Manager.

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11 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Spell-Checker 1idjac

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

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11 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Software for Linux vandamme

Variety wallpaper changer has been updated to 0.5.0 beta (works pretty good though). It has a ton of features, but the new version features collaboration between users at https://vrty.org/ . I haven't figured out how that's supposed to work, though. There doesn't seem to be a lot of "variety" among the wallpapers so far. I guess I'm a different kind of geek.

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11 weeks 5 days ago Another Great Youtube MP3 Converter barkerrd

YouTube mp3 pops up in French (which I can read). After converting and downloading the mp3 file I cannot find it anywhere on my PC. YouTube mp3 FAQ says "the download destination is completely out of our control.". This program does not work for me.Don

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11 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Office Suite GraveDigger

It might be time to change the recommendation back to LibreOffice instead of WPS Office - the move by Kingsoft to change to a subscription basis in order to have access to all of the features of WPS Office makes it a less practical choice for small businesses or individuals who are looking for a FREE office suite. Yes, WPS Office can be used as a "trial" for 30 days, but after that time you need to subscribe in order to continue using the "Premium" features - including the ability to save files in the newer docx, xlsx or pptx formats compatible with the newer versions of Microsoft Office.

Also, like Microsoft, Kingsoft is trying to switch consumers to a subscription model - you pay for the software on a monthly (or yearly) basis instead of paying for it once. While the pricing may look attractive initially, you end up paying for your software like a cable tv or smartphone bill. Is this what we really want as a "free" alternative to Microsoft Office?

For me, I'm uninstalling the latest release of WPS Office and sticking with LibreOffice. I don't want to subscribe for my software, even at a lower cost than the Microsoft name brand.

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11 weeks 5 days ago Best Free PDF Tools jorgeem1717

Okay.... I understand and I did check out the review here at Gizmo's and it's highly rated and the review is very explicate. Thanks...

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11 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

Thanks for the clarification :). I have now edited the post suitably.

Yes, that problem is there with the Chrome installer I guess, but as long as you are able to opt-out, I guess it's okay. I perform a fresh install for every version anyways, so I wouldn't know about other way.

I have found ads to be okay with Avast free... not intrusive, and I am okay with that.

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11 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Conure

To All,

I apologize for including comments about the paid Pro version of AVAST. Please edit as needed.

I have both installed, Avast free at home and Pro at work and got them intertwined in my post.

I have never has issues with Open Candy and the free version using the Software Updater. In fact, that is a great feature of Avast, one that I would miss if I switch to Panda.

It is not DNS Shield, it is Secure DNS and is only in paid versions.

Avast will default to checking the Chrome installer on every update.

It displays ads in the status screen.

This is not false information!!

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11 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Buoh is a reader for online strips comics:
http://buoh.steve-o.org/

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11 weeks 5 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Cepheus:
http://poker.srv.ualberta.ca/

More about Cepheus:
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2015/01/robot-deemed-unbeatable-in-texas-hold-e...

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11 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

CmdLauncher - aimed at helping people use command line tools in a GUI way:
http://www.topbug.net/cmdlauncher/

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11 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

Thanks Remah... you are probably right.

But, if the comment indeed applies to paid version, then it is out of context as Gizmo's is about freeware only. In that case, will have to edit the comment. Let's see.

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11 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software sicknero

Thanks for the comment. When I tried Panda some time ago I couldn't find any setting to disable auto-quarantine, although I thought I checked all the options.

Possibly I overlooked it or there has been an update but thanks for the info.

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11 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software sicknero

Just a quick update ... the issue I mentioned whereby some processes triggered a "do not block again" dialogue while others have to be added to the list manually.

It seeme that this is related to system resources, so that when the machine is working hard the dialogue will take a long long time to appear.

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11 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Remah

I suspect that the poster is reporting real issues but some of them may not relate to the free version.

There were lots of problems reported with Avast ads and automatic installs of Chrome but as far as I know this related to the paid version only.

There is no "DNS Shield" but there is "Secure DNS". Avast uses the word "shield" for several of its other features including "web shield" and "mail shield" so the poster might have misnamed it.

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11 weeks 5 days ago Best Free PDF Tools Anupam

Rather than a tool, it is more of a PDF Reader, and therefore, it is listed in the Best Free Pdf Reader category.

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11 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

Avast does not insist on installing Chrome at all. I have been using Avast since years, and using the latest version too, and I have never come across this problem. It does offer Chrome during installation screen, but it can be opted out without problems.

Also, there is no DNS shield in Avast.

And I haven't encountered lots of ads.

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11 weeks 5 days ago Best Free PDF Tools jorgeem1717

Hi to all...

I'm wondering why isn't Foxit PDF Reader included in the review. The new version is a complete PDF suite which includes reader / printer / creator % writer. This is a much desired update from the previous versions. It's fast with enough features and options even for the advanced user. I've been experimenting with it and I can't find anything negative to say about it. As a matter of fact, I've set it as my default and I am quit satisfied with it's performance. I would suggest that you give Foxit a try >>> http://www.foxitsoftware.com/Secure_PDF_Reader/ .... Please let me know what you think ... thanks and enjoy...

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11 weeks 5 days ago Got A Chromecast? Cast Your Browser And Videos Easily. trupayne

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/playto-for-chromecast/jngkenao...

ad-on will stream almost any video to your tv using chromecast...

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11 weeks 5 days ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World - Part I eikelein

Sorry, but I have to object to (seemingly) generally giving download links from Cnet.com or Download.com. Maybe I misunderstand the text.

These are in my experience some of the worst sites adding unnecessary download programs and wrappers that in turn then get (ab)used to sneakily get PuPs installed.

Recommending Cnet/Download.com IMHO equals aiding the proliferation of one of the nastiest kind of malware that currently is way too common. I have found that almost always there are other options.

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11 weeks 6 days ago Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson v.laurie

"%1" is a placeholder for whatever file is the object of the executable. If you are unfamiliar with this type of notation, please be very, very careful with the Registry.

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11 weeks 6 days ago Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson Beauduy

Can you please tell me what the "%1" means after the exe listed in Value Data (I am checking a specific EXE, see below for my trip through RegEdit): HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\QEZ32.exe I then drill down through Shell\Open\Command and select to Modify. The value data reads:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\DataTech Software\Quick & Easy\QEZ32.exe" "%1"
Can you tell me what the purpose of the "%1" is? Thank you!

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11 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Conure

I dumped AVAST, as it insists on installing Chrome, V10 has lots of problems, lots of ads, even in the Pro version, which to me is unacceptable.

In my search for a replacement, I chose Panda Free. Works great, has great detection rates from all agencies, is clean and simple. You can turn off the "news feed", auto-quarantining, etc in the settings.

You can have it ask what to do if a virus is found.

There aren't as many settings as AVAST, but all the basics are covered in a very logical layout.

I'm running it on Win 7 Pro x64, Win 8.1 computers.

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11 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Web Site Ripper George.J

The web browser plugin is actually the security problem in question which execute Java applets from websites. Web browsers (like Chrome, Firefox) by default disabled java plugin from your browser when it started facing zero day vulnerabilities which went way over the limit. The plug-in was designed to run Java programs in a security sandbox (like Flash Player), but when the sandbox itself had leaks/holes and was later exploited by hackers, there started the real problem.

Just like Adobe Flash Player and PDF Reader, it's recommended to update Java to the latest version. Although steps have been taken to make Java more secure. A normal user doesn't need to have it installed on the system, particularly web browser

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11 weeks 6 days ago Got A Chromecast? Cast Your Browser And Videos Easily. Festeron

Boris wants to cast from phone to monitor. If the monitor has an HDMI input I can see it working.

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11 weeks 6 days ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World - Part I Geert

The link "Five (easy-to-follow) tips for strong passwords and secure accounts" is no longer valid.

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11 weeks 6 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Survarium is a free2play MMOFPS game set in the near future. The game focuses on the aftermath of a massive ecological catastrophe on Earth, the reasons behind which are only vaguely known (beta is out):
http://survarium.com/en

Minos' Maze:
http://neowitch.itch.io/minos-maze

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11 weeks 6 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

"... Lost Constellation is a Longest Night ghost story. Travel into the frozen woods in a folktale from the world of Night In The Woods ...":
http://finji.itch.io/lost-constellation

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11 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... Lost Constellation is a Longest Night ghost story. Travel into the frozen woods in a folktale from the world of Night In The Woods ...":
http://finji.itch.io/lost-constellation

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11 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Web Site Ripper Anupam

I guess you are right :).
And I have no idea if java on desktop is as vulnerable as the plugin or not.

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11 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Ways to Learn Programming webguy

I have not tried the site linked from this Wired article
http://www.wired.com/2014/09/exercism/
but it might be worth taking a look.

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11 weeks 6 days ago How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns JackH

Dear Chiron,

Ever tried Aviator web browser. Claims to be the most secure of the lot.

Would you recommend it?

Thanks

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11 weeks 6 days ago Got A Chromecast? Cast Your Browser And Videos Easily. Kipster

It doesn't plug into your phone. It plugs into your TV.

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12 weeks 3 hours ago Best Free File Manager Esoteric

It is a very helpful plugin, of course not for sorting, but for searching .torrents by their trackers. Thank you very much indeed.

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12 weeks 3 hours ago Make Your Google Drive Or FTP Site Work Like Any Windows Drive DesertRat

A big problem with assigning a drive letter to your cloud storage is that malware like CryptoLocker and CryptoWall will infect your cloud files as well.

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12 weeks 3 hours ago Best Free Web Site Ripper George.J

I thought the Java plugin on your browser is what's to be afraid of (which you can disable). Java on your desktop is just like Visual C++ components.

As a programmer myself working with Java language and Android recently, I need to have it on my system, and it's a prerequisite. Am sure anyone in the same stream would be having that too.

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12 weeks 6 hours ago Got A Chromecast? Cast Your Browser And Videos Easily. dwainwood

You can also use the Chrome Extension, Google Cast (Beta,)to mirror all content, not just a browser, to your big screen TV. The only problem is the slight lag time.

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