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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 months 2 weeks ago shripalsingh

Gajshield – A Buggy Firewall, Time & Money Waster.

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

BEWARE OF GAJSHIELD FIREWALL AND THIS COMPANY!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to get a Better Windows File Manager 2 months 2 weeks ago beergas

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

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How to get a Better Windows File Manager 2 months 2 weeks ago JackP

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

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How to get a Better Windows File Manager 2 months 2 weeks ago Anupam

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

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

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How to get a Better Windows File Manager 2 months 2 weeks ago Hondoe1950

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

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

http://zabkat.com/x2lite.htm

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

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How to get a Better Windows File Manager 2 months 2 weeks ago terrawarra

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

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

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Find My Phone 2 months 3 weeks ago ldmpub

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

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How to Force Your Windows File and Folder Names to Have the Case You Want 2 months 3 weeks ago alcexhim

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

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Find My Phone 2 months 3 weeks ago bernardz

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

It is credited with reducing mobile thief by 50%.

 

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Best Free Parental Filter 2 months 3 weeks ago Remah

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

 

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Best Free Parental Filter 2 months 3 weeks ago MrBrian

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

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Easily Send Files From Your Dropbox Via Gmail 2 months 3 weeks ago vandamme

You need to run Chrome also.

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Best Free Parental Filter 2 months 3 weeks ago Remah

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

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

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Best Free Parental Filter 2 months 3 weeks ago MrBrian

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

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 2 months 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

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

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Best Free Personal Finance Software 2 months 3 weeks ago gizbob

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

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Best Free Digital Photo Organizer 2 months 3 weeks ago navar

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

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Best Free Program Launcher 2 months 3 weeks ago jwleghorn

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

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Easily Send Files From Your Dropbox Via Gmail 2 months 3 weeks ago SayLor77

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

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 2 months 3 weeks ago eikelein

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

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 2 months 3 weeks ago panamapatrick

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

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

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Best Free Word Processor 2 months 3 weeks ago CASD

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

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 2 months 3 weeks ago MrBrian

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

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

Thank you for the feedback :).

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 2 months 3 weeks ago kebsojourner

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

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Best Free CD Ripper 2 months 3 weeks ago tweetysat

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

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Best Free PC Games 2 months 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee Thanks Katronia for pointing out. This issue has now been fixed. view
Best Free OCR Software 2 months 3 weeks ago gissmo

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

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Best Free PC Games 2 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

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

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Best Free PC Games 2 months 3 weeks ago George.J

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

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Best Free PC Games 2 months 3 weeks ago Katronia

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

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 2 months 3 weeks ago MrBrian

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

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Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson 2 months 3 weeks ago gdv

@v.laurie:

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

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

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

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

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 2 months 3 weeks ago Alan Wade

Does any of this software run on Windows 10?

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How to Clean An Infected Computer 2 months 3 weeks ago J_L

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

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This Bulk Photo Processor Resizes, Watermarks, And More 2 months 3 weeks ago reikipete7

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

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This Bulk Photo Processor Resizes, Watermarks, And More 2 months 3 weeks ago reikipete7

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

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This Bulk Photo Processor Resizes, Watermarks, And More 2 months 3 weeks ago Chirpy

Thanks for the heads up.

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

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

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

Perfect Effects is available at www.on1.com

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

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

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

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This Bulk Photo Processor Resizes, Watermarks, And More 2 months 3 weeks ago RMIkeN

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

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 months 3 weeks ago MrBrian

AVS Firewall isn't available at the link provided.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 months 3 weeks ago MrBrian

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

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This Bulk Photo Processor Resizes, Watermarks, And More 2 months 3 weeks ago Spy

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

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This Bulk Photo Processor Resizes, Watermarks, And More 2 months 3 weeks ago Anupam

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

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This Bulk Photo Processor Resizes, Watermarks, And More 2 months 3 weeks ago CharlesPFK

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

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Best Free Word Processor 2 months 3 weeks ago paul bucuresti

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

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

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

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Best Free Parental Filter 2 months 3 weeks ago George.J

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

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 2 months 3 weeks ago MrBrian

Tencent stripped of antivirus rankings for cheating on tests

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

PowerShell Desired State Configuration for Linux:

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

 

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

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

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

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

http://www.rosegardenmusic.com/

 

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

http://maxima.sourceforge.net/

 

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Best Free Desktop Search Utility 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

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

http://free.lookeen.com/

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 2 months 3 weeks ago AndyR

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

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

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

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

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

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Wallpaper of the Week: Vines of Red Leaves over a Foggy Lake 2 months 3 weeks ago budchekov

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

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

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 2 months 3 weeks ago crombierob

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

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How to Remove Google Text Ads 2 months 3 weeks ago jeffw440

Maybe this will help. Looks like Notepad needs to be run as administrator.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/923947?wa=wsignin1.0

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Best Free Notes Organizer 2 months 3 weeks ago smfranzen

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

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 2 months 4 weeks ago Arata

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

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A Few Hundred More Retro Games To Enjoy For Free 2 months 4 weeks ago J_L I'm guessing this is an offline app compatible with Chromebooks? view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 2 months 4 weeks ago marcdarkin

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

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

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

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

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New Free Tweaker from Winaero for Windows 7/8/10 2 months 4 weeks ago Sgluber

The boot options seems to be very useful.

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

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Play 2000+ Original DOS Games For Free 2 months 4 weeks ago Tomnov

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

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Nifty Free Windows Application for Batch Conversion, Resizing, and Renaming of Image Files 2 months 4 weeks ago ghiebert

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

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 2 months 4 weeks ago crombierob

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

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 2 months 4 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Their own statement (in English) is now available here.

http://blog.360totalsecurity.com/en/qihoo-360-statement-regarding-cheati...

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The Return Of Simple Instant Messenger 2 months 4 weeks ago eikelein

paulzee, thank you; looks much better and is much more informative this way.
Why do you have Jabber twice behind "Both..."?
;)

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 2 months 4 weeks ago AndyR

The error code relates to there being some corrupt system files that obviously are failing to load. Within AOMEI Backupper itself if you select the option to "Create Bootable Media" and choose either a Win PE or Linux disk then either of those seem to work just fine.

I have never downloaded and tried their all in one Win PE disk before so I can only assume that maybe your download got corrupted somehow or during the burning process... are you using a good quality brand of recordable media ?

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The Return Of Simple Instant Messenger 2 months 4 weeks ago paulzee

Thought I'd align the supported protocols based on the lists eikelein posted:

Both support: AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber (XMPP), MSN, XMPP (Jabber), Yahoo Messenger
Brosix also supports: Facebook
Pidgin also supports: Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Groupwise, IRC, MXit, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, and Zephyr.

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Find In-Depth Information On Any Subject 2 months 4 weeks ago caktus

I guess the fact that nearly everything published on Wikipedia pages is based on reference material, is nothing more than an aberration.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 2 months 4 weeks ago satrow

That looks like an opinion piece by some 3rd party rather than a response from Qihoo.

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The Return Of Simple Instant Messenger 2 months 4 weeks ago charrogzz

I remember ICQ, very powerful and still strong, with Buddy voice for long distance talks! sending huge files Peer to Peer

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The Return Of Simple Instant Messenger 2 months 4 weeks ago vandamme

It works on Linux; there's deb and rpm packages. And of course Pidgin does also.

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The Return Of Simple Instant Messenger 3 months 1 min ago eikelein

Thanks Rob; I admire how you always find these things!

Difference on first glance:

Brosix supports Yahoo Messenger, ICQ, AIM, MSN, Facebook, Google Talk and Jabber.

Pidgin supports AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, MSN, MXit, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP, Yahoo! and Zephyr.

Plus Pidgin supports plugins; didn't see that mentioned on the Brosix site.

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Best Free Media Center Software 3 months 27 min ago bernardz

I went looking as a result of this article between kodi and plex, two big issues are do you have the power to run kodi, as plex needs much less and the wealth of addons for kodi which look really good. Anyone have thoughts about this.

 

I found this comparsion interesting

http://www.htpcbeginner.com/plex-vs-kodi-comparison-guide/

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Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 3 months 2 hours ago George.J

I'm confused....OpenCandy isn't installed on your system. There is no uninstall either. So I dont' understand what you mean by Checkboxes to not install OpenCandy. 

Its simply a temporary plug-in that offers other products during install of your software and it's lifetime is only during the installer process. It deletes itself automatically if you chose not to accept any recommendations. But if you chose to accept any recommendation then it will run on your system periodically for a few days to verify if the recommended app was activated and then self-destructs. 

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 3 months 3 hours ago crombierob

Aomei provides a free Win PE CD/DVD that has backerupper, partitioning ETC, ETC.
(Lots of goodies, including the program reviewed above)
I have tried a couple of times to burn it, and boot into it
(Burned on Win 7 64bit, and then tried booting into it on that PC and also into an XP Pro PC 32bit)
Both PCs halt during the boot up
I get the black screen with white progress bar saying 'Windows is loading files'
Then I get a black screen saying - Starting Windows with the waving 4 colors flag.
Then I get a blue screen saying -
STOPc0000145: {Application Error}
The application was unable to start correctly (0x000000d). Click ok to close the applicaion.

Anyone solved this ?

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 3 months 3 hours ago George.J

We have known this for a very long time. The testing labs mostly incorporates detection via signature definitions evaluation which is not exactly how real world protection is really like. Every antivirus includes additional engines and features to protect you real-time when these are in-fact not been considered by the lab agencies. They don't evaluate the protection, once malware gets into the system and is active. It doesn't consider the sandboxing/virtualization technologies of antivirus. Avast doesn't score high on these tests, but they don't consider the multiple shields that comes active or when Avast is used in hardened mode, protecting you from various kinds of malware that traditional signature definitions cannot. The same goes for Qihoo or any other antivirus software. 

While these comparitive reports can be used for evaluation, it's not the be all & end all of the strength of any antivirus. Infact this where user-created videos scores highly when they test each component of the antivirus, rather than a sum-total of protection in one single listing that the testing labs provide, which is not not even transparent to the user, because it doesn't explicitly show, what samples have been used, the methodologies considered, and also the "actual testing video", when all that the user reads is simply the final report which may or may not be modified after evaluation. 

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Actually, the latest version is 1.78, released many days ago. Have been waiting for the portable version of this latest version, but none has been uploaded at their site.

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Very true. Norton absolutely sux blood out of machine. There a various others even freewares much better than Norton/Symantec.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 3 months 8 hours ago MidnightCowboy

Folks can read the response statement from Qihoo and make up their own minds. We use our own criteria though when reviewing products and not those of other websites. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.hihuadu.com/2015/05/02/360-withdrew-av-c-reviews-traditional-...

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I am not sure if the other tools mentioned here encrypt also the file names, not only the data, but the free CrypTEA from mediachance does that. This is kind of crucial I think because plainly named files do beg "crack me" if their filename sounds important. The cryptea is also portable and only a single file that doesn't need to be installed.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 3 months 11 hours ago eikelein

I don't understand why we make so much fuss about Qihoo. There are good anti virus solutions and even useable security suites around. So what's the point of pontificating about this one?

If there is so much discussion I go by "Where there is smoke there is fire", turn around and stick with "my" proven solution.

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I thought it was unusual that I was unable to play these game while using the Chrome browser, however using IE everything ran fine.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 3 months 20 hours ago Hm

How unfortunate, the AV reviewer at gizmo's may have to update their report on this product.

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Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 3 months 22 hours ago Game-R

As of May 2015, the latest version of ImgBurn installer will include the OpenCandy with no available option to opt out!
Earlier versions included checkboxes under "Custom"/"Advanced" installation settings to choose to not install OpenCandy or other adware.
This is no longer available!

The only way to avoid install the malware is, as claimed on the OpenCandy website, is to either
- disconnect your system from the internet during installation
- include "/NOCANDY" switch in the command line in executing the installer
- configure your router to block all "*.opencandy.com" connections

Clearly, steps more complex than the average user is knowledgeable enough to do.
There is absolutely no indication in the installer of OpenCandy being installed along with ImgBurn except in the bottom half of the 'Terms & Conditions' document!

Norton Antivirus has now marked this software as a malware and rightly so!
You should update this list to reflect the developer's ridiculous policy of selling out his users.

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Tixati updated to 2.11

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 months 1 day ago MidnightCowboy

I too can understand why this was done by Qihoo although many will still make an argument for it being wrong. There is also a danger that this sort of issue diverts users from the real reasons why they get infected and towards complicit reliance on test results.

When I first began servicing live customers, the folks that could afford to pay for these services were at least 75% installed with the “leading” :D commercial antivirus products, so why were they infected? The reasons of course were as diverse then as they are now but the bottom line is folks still think they can install security software and then surf the internet with impunity. Naturally they seek guidance about these products and use test results as a basis for choice. It's a pity therefore that next to no effort is made to research the methodology of individual tests to see how these might apply to their own usage habits. Take the following for instance which is an extract from one of the much lauded PC Mag tests.

“FortiClient is only the sixth product I've put through this particular test, so I can't say precisely what its score means. Still, having another product block nearly twice as many suggests that 40 percent isn't great. Do note that of necessity the products aren't tested using precisely the same samples. Rather they're all tested with samples detected no more than a day earlier—the newest samples I can get”.

Really? So car “A” fails the crash test but the wall it was driven in to was different to that used for cars “B” and “C”.

At the extreme end of this mess are the YouTube garbage in, garbage out tests where amateurs chuck a handful of URL's at something and then rate it based on the results. YouTube is entertainment folks, not a consumer testing authority.

If people believe Qihoo's actions were a deliberate attempt to deceive, they are free to use another product. I have Panda on both of my dual booted desktops and nothing nasty has bothered me yet. MC - Site Manager.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 months 1 day ago MidnightCowboy We should add this isn't just an ethics argument. No matter what the intention or purpose of the act, it is illegal to alter the software code of copyright material where this is not permitted in the EULA and it is illegal to download it. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 3 months 1 day ago George.J
More info at their FB page. 
Qihoo: " many popular software add-ons in China that are flagged as malware by the AV-C definition are in fact performing proper functions and not malicious ... (they) are flagged as malware by the AV-C definition ... To satisfy the security needs of both the domestic market and the need for foreign lab testing, all Chinese security product vendors make modifications to standard domestic versions for foreign lab testing to showcase the effectiveness of the basic protection capabilities of these products"
My thoughts about this: If AV-C even all considers keygens and cracked softwares as malicious, and Qihoo tweaked the settings for the lab results to find them as malicious, I'm personally offended by the first statement. Many of these cracked softwares aren't infact malicious. They are just pieces of reverse engineered code to revoke the licensing of the softwares. We're talking about ethics here, but definitely not malware. On many torrent sites popular uploaders specifically state the fact that if you certainly like a product, you should go and buy the product and the ones that they have uploaded are basically for testing the software for longer periods of time.
 
In my own testing Qihoo's own engine is extremely good if you are connected to the internet. When BitDefender's engine built into Qihoo is enabled, I've found that it detects patches, keygens as malicious among the one's which actually aren't malicious. However when disabled, the same isn't the case. This means that although these files can be considered safe in an average amount of cases, doing so would cost them a place at these lab results. This leads to more false-positives when BitDefender's engine is enabled, hence the reason why Qihoo hasn't turned on these engines by default during installation. They have no choice but to enable them for the lab results.  
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Find In-Depth Information On Any Subject 3 months 1 day ago flashcraft

@ixan, and, OF COURSE, you know that the hollowcast really happened? Really?? And it's not just some more Jewish (Zionist) propaganda? Really? Or perhaps, it's the fact that real people can publish the truth that you have an issue with?

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Find In-Depth Information On Any Subject 3 months 1 day ago Eric624

You are an ass and your head has intimate knowledge of the fact!

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Play 2000+ Original DOS Games For Free 3 months 1 day ago Epsilon

Some great memories their. Thanks.

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Find In-Depth Information On Any Subject 3 months 1 day ago Tomnov

Wikipedia gets a bad name by the haters that want to deny that there are often more than their own point of view to anything.
For what it is, they do a heckuva job, having review boards on most major subjects, and many not-so-major subject that you wouldn't be able to find info on just by opening up an encyclopedia.
At my son's lib school, they have a strict "no Wikipedia as a reference" policy, although they will let students reference ANY other website, where they DON'T have any such community and review standards as Wikipedia does, and anyone with a blog or a webpage can publish ANYTHING.
No guidance as to where to find RELIABLE information on the web. Thank goodness I review my son's work. Makes me worry about the education our youth is getting.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 months 1 day ago satrow

I hope AV Comparatives check only for those keygens and cracks that are malicious - as in having a unwanted effect on the OS and user software/connections - many keygens/cracks are actually clean.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 months 1 day ago MrBrian

There is more to this than which engines are used by default. From the report:

On requesting an explanation from Qihoo 360 for their actions, the firm confirmed that some settings
had been adjusted for testing, including enabling detection of types of files such as keygens and cracked
software, and directing cloud lookups to servers located closer to the test labs. After several requests for
specific information on the use of third‐party engines, it was eventually confirmed that the engine
configuration submitted for testing differed from that available by default to users.

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Find In-Depth Information On Any Subject 3 months 1 day ago MidnightCowboy

The word "trust" is used in reference to Google search results. Wikipedia is mentioned in the next sentence with no relation to the previous one. In any case, part of the Wikipedia site information states:

"Wikipedia is an online open-content collaborative encyclopedia; that is, a voluntary association of individuals and groups working to develop a common resource of human knowledge. The structure of the project allows anyone with an Internet connection to alter its content. Please be advised that nothing found here has necessarily been reviewed by people with the expertise required to provide you with complete, accurate or reliable information".

MC - Site Manager.

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Find In-Depth Information On Any Subject 3 months 1 day ago ixan

I don't think the words "trust" and "wikipedia" should be in such close proximity. Wikipedia is only as accurate and unbiased as the editor of that piece wants it to be. I was reading about a holocaust denier yesterday where it didn't even mention that!

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Sorry ... as much as I love this site, I have to agree with the suggestion to turn off the annoying new article announcement pop-ups! Otherwise, the revamp of the site is OK with me, especially the new look for mobile devices.

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