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Best Free Voicemail Service

Introduction

Everyone has an answering machine right? If not they probably have voicemail provided by their cell phone carrier, voip carrier or telephone company right? Well maybe.

If you don't currently have voicemail there are many reasons you might want to consider setting up this service including if you're:

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Best Free Typing Tutor

Introduction

Typing tutors and wizards are an important tool from which almost everyone could benefit. If you are interested in upping your WPM (words per minute), then try one of these freeware programs.

 

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Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility

Introduction

Until recently, file recovery was one of the few categories where the main commercial products really outshone the freeware alternatives. But the picture has changed dramatically. You now have some excellent freeware choices for data recovery and file un-delete tools recommended in this review.

Read also these related sections at the end of this page:

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Best Free Billiards and Pool Game

 

Introduction

There are a slew of free Pool games available out there. If you want to derive solid enjoyment plus the satisfaction of an undertaking well-performed, then you'll of course want a game that has realistic 3D graphics, intuitive easy-to-use controls, and conformance to and enforcement of the rules of the sport. You may also want to try your hand against a computer opponent, which is a feature that some titles offer.

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Best Free Music Notation Software

Introduction

Music notation software, like all other software, needs to be functional, practical, and also pleasing-to-use. The specialized function and complexity of music notation often contributes to the cost of notation programs. If you are like me, though, you like free stuff, especially if it works.

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Best Free Desktop Publishing Program

Introduction

Commercial Desktop publishing programs are expensive. But don't despair, there are two excellent desktop publishing programs that are totally free. One is ideal for small business and an excellent alternative to Microsoft Publisher; the other is a serious competitor to the high-end, feature rich commercial programs.

 

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Eye Chart to Diagnose Conficker Virus

"Quote from Cnet"

Joe Stewart from SecureWorks has put together an effective "eye chart" that sources its graphics from sites that Conficker would block. If you can't see one or more of the images, you're either infected, or image loading in your browser has been disabled.

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Cleanup & Tuning

Best Free "Second Opinion" Malware Scanner

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Introduction

Almost everyone who cares about security runs some kind of basic antivirus protection. Traditional antivirus protection works great for most users but no software is perfect. We live in a world full of security holes and bugs where patches and updates try to come to the rescue at the end of the day.

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Windows 7 Startup Detail

Want to follow a detailed example of what happens when Windows starts?

In this article you will find the following detail about Windows startup:

  • Descriptions of the major components.
  • Detailed sequences of activities for each process.
  • Example registry keys and values.

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Windows 7 Startup

Want to know what happens when Windows starts?

This article is an overview of Windows startup with a flowchart and a couple of examples of the startup phases for immediate user logon and delayed user logon.

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How to Free Up More Space on Your Hard Drive with the Updated Windows 7 Disk Cleanup

Microsoft just updated the Windows 7 system utility Disk Cleanup. It can now remove the old system update files that accumulate in the hidden system folder WinSXS. These files can take up a lot of space. For example, I just removed 4 GB worth.

The new version of Disk Cleanup is part of today’s (8 October, 2013) monthly Windows update and is described at this Microsoft page . Here is a review of how to use the Disk Cleanup utility:

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New Free Suite of Windows System Utilities

There are a number of freeware suites for system maintenance chores like cleanup, optimizing, and so forth and here is a new  one. Its name is the simple “System Utilities” and it comes  from a company in Hawaii called Synei.

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Best Free Spam Filter for the Average User

 

Introduction

Email spam pertains to unsolicited commercial messages sent in bulk by people you don't know, such as those in marketing, advertising, really any one with a direct monetary gain to be had by sending spam.

The aim of a spam filter is to reduce the appearance of junk and spam emails. This makes the inbox cleaner and thus, it is easier to check email. The productivity time savings with the addition of spam filters is significant.

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Best Free Disk Space Analyzer

Introduction

One way to find out which files are hogging disk space when your hard drive fills up is to use a specialist utility that displays your disk space usage. There are a number of excellent free utilities that differ mainly in the way the disk space usage is portrayed.

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Desktop & GUI

Best Free Calculator

Introduction

As I reviewed this category, I discovered there were a lot of free calculator programs available. Some are financial calculators, some are scientific calculators, and some are mixed use or what I called multi-purpose calculators.

Trying to pick the best free calculator that fits everyone is not an easy task. Check out below the rated calculators, each of which having its own specific purposes and functionality.

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Best Free Onscreen Keyboard for Security

Introduction

An On-Screen Keyboard (OSK) is a virtual keyboard that is displayed on the computer screen and used as an alternative to a physical keyboard.

Besides using an OSK for accessibility recommended in Best Free Onscreen Keyboard for Accessibility, you may use an OSK to enhance your security and protect against malicious software. Security OSKs are useful for the following:

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Best Free Program Launcher

Introduction

Windows provides a number of ways to launch installed programs or features. There's the Start Menu, there's shortcuts on the Windows desktop, there's even the Windows Search and Run features. For many people, the facilities already available are quite sufficient.

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Best Free Color Picker

Introduction

A color picker allows you to identify the color codes of any color present on your screen. This information can be helpful when editing an image, programming, writing HTML language or setting up a web page, etc.

There are many free color pickers to choose from. This review picks out a select few, based on the following features:

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Disk & File Utilities

Send Files Securely to Anyone Anywhere in the World

Send any files to any device or anyone in the world via the Internet securely without the need to sign up or log in.

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Transfer Files Between Devices With No Hassle

Transfer text and files between PCs and mobile devices easily at fast speed across Windows, Android, iOS, BlackBerry, OS X and Linux.

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers

A few days ago Rob posted an article on how to get the Windows Experience Index score back. Today we are going to showcase our PC Performance Scores using another freeware utility, Novabench. It is a benchmarking utility for Windows and Mac. Novabench is a versatile and advanced aggregator than WEI that tests the performance of various components of your computer and then assigns scores to each one of them. A higher score indicates a better performance. Novabench not only rates your computer but also can be used to find the various performance bottlenecks on your system.

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Best Free Encryption Utility for Personal Use at Work

Introduction

Encryption is a process of encoding information so that it cannot be accessed by others unless they have the key needed to decode it. Encryption is usually used to protect highly sensitive documents, but it's also a good way to stop people from looking at your personal stuff.

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Easily and Safely Eject USB Drives and Memory Cards

Sometimes you want to disconnect a USB drive or a flash memory card but Windows says it can’t be removed because it’s busy. Or maybe you just don’t like the “Safely Remove Hardware” function that sits in the notification area. If you are looking for a better way, you might try an open source alternative that will let you quickly and safely disconnect USB drives, even in some cases where Windows says you can't.

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Easier Way to Use and Manage Libraries in Windows 7 and 8

Windows 7 introduced a new way to organize files called “Libraries”, which was carried over to Windows 8. Libraries are virtual folders that can centralize related items from multiple locations and can be very handy. However, their benefits are lost on many PC users who find their organization and use to be confusing or annoying. If you would like an easier way to take advantage of Libraries, here is something to try.

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Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage

Introduction

Most cloud storage services claim they "take every precaution" to keep your data secure. For example, most use encryption to make sure your files are secure in transit. They "have internal policies and controls" to ensure that employees don't access your files. But things do go horribly wrong.

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Best Free File Encryption Utility

Introduction

Encryption is a process of encoding information so that it cannot be accessed by others unless they have the key needed to decode it. Encryption is usually used to protect highly sensitive documents, but it's also a good way to stop people from looking at your personal stuff.

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Best Free Encrypted Virtual Drive Utility

Introduction

Encryption is a process of encoding information so that it cannot be accessed by others unless they have the key needed to decode it. Encryption is usually used to protect highly sensitive documents, but it's also a good way to stop people from looking at your personal stuff.

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Home & Office

Get This Ideal Tool To Improve Team Communication and Collaboration

A better tool to communicate and collaborate on a project for a team.

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Explore Millions of Movies and Celebrities For Free

 

 

The Mummy released in June 2017 is an action-adventure film directed by Alex Kurtzman and stars top-billed cast including Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella and Annabelle Wallis.

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software

Introduction

Genealogy software provides a method for recording the subjects of our research, e.g. their names, relationships, and events of their lives. Evidence (citations and sources) should be recorded to support the conclusions reached. They also print the reports and charts to show off the results of our labor.

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Best Free Calculator

Introduction

As I reviewed this category, I discovered there were a lot of free calculator programs available. Some are financial calculators, some are scientific calculators, and some are mixed use or what I called multi-purpose calculators.

Trying to pick the best free calculator that fits everyone is not an easy task. Check out below the rated calculators, each of which having its own specific purposes and functionality.

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Best Free Income Tax Filing Software and Service

 

Introduction

I tested several scenarios including the more common filing status, exemptions, income, adjustments, credits, other taxes, payments, etc. The recommended programs covered far more situations than those listed at IRS Free File. All are feature limited versions of commercial programs so expect to be nagged.

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Best Free Animated GIF Maker

Introduction

A picture is worth a thousand words. If this is true for an ordinary static picture then what about a picture that contains motion or animation? An animation has far greater impact than an ordinary picture. It offers many more possibilities to creators/artists, enabling them to convey greater meaning to users. An animated format can also hold a lot more content which is almost impossible for a normal static image.

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Best Free PIM

Introduction

Everybody seems to have their own concept of what a PIM (Personal Information Manager) is. It may help to define the scope of "Best Free PIM" at the outset to avoid confusion. I will stay within the following scope when selecting products to include here.

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Educational

Programs that are educational in use or help those who work in education

Best Free Ways to Learn Programming

I can remember back when I was young how alien a couple of lines of code that were published in a kid's magazine looked to me.  Some twenty years later (or should I better say a year ago), I decided that I should teach myself how to create some small and usable programs. Sad to say, I lost interest shortly after.

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Best Free Astronomy Software

Introduction

Astronomy Software is a pretty broad spectrum, providing everything from simple mapping software (relative positions of the solar system), through detailed observation planning software to first-person planetarium software.

I looked at several free astronomy programs for producing sky maps and didn't pick a best as I couldn't decide among the three contenders for the top spot. The best for your purposes would depend on your needs.

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A Great Collection of Science-Oriented Tutorial Videos

The internet provides a great learning environment, and lots of sites offer collections of free videos that you can watch in order to teach yourself about various subjects.  One excellent example, which has been mentioned a couple of times recently in our forums, is the Khan Academy.  It hosts over 2000 short videos, instantly available for you to watch online within your browser for free. 

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How To Locate The Best Free Radio Stations Streaming Classical Music

 

There's a goldmine of quality stations streaming classical music, that can be tapped for free, through the Internet.

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Hundreds of Free, Fascinating Talks Online

I was recently lucky enough to attend a TEDx conference in the UK.  TED is an internationally recognised conference phenomenon which holds events all around the world.  TEDx is an extension of that, involving additional events that are independently organised but still under the TED banner.

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Another Great Free Program for Teaching Maths

Last month I brought you details of Microsoft Mathematics, a free program for anyone who's trying to study or teach maths.  Almost 21,000 of you clicked on the link to my story, making it one of the most popular Hot Find items ever.

So, if you liked that one, here's another program which is aimed at the same type of people.  IE, those studying maths, or trying to help schoolkids who are.

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Games and Diversions

Computer games, diversions and other passtimes

Android Free Game of the Year 2015

GIZMO'S FREEWARE GAMING AWARDS 2015 

There are tons of games available at Google Play Store and with each passing day the list just keeps growing. The task to find a good game isn't that easy so I've compiled a list of 5 must play Android games that came out in 2014 which I found great. If you think I've missed something that was special to you, do post it in the Comments section and don't forget to Rate this article. 

 

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Image View and Edit

Best Free HDR Software Samples

A Real World Test

(Link to the main article: Best Free High Dynamic Range (HDR) Software)

Methods and Testing:

To make my comparisons of the best free High Dynamic Range Software, I used three different sets of images.

 

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Best Free Animated GIF Maker

Introduction

A picture is worth a thousand words. If this is true for an ordinary static picture then what about a picture that contains motion or animation? An animation has far greater impact than an ordinary picture. It offers many more possibilities to creators/artists, enabling them to convey greater meaning to users. An animated format can also hold a lot more content which is almost impossible for a normal static image.

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Best Free Color Picker

Introduction

A color picker allows you to identify the color codes of any color present on your screen. This information can be helpful when editing an image, programming, writing HTML language or setting up a web page, etc.

There are many free color pickers to choose from. This review picks out a select few, based on the following features:

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Internet, Email & Messaging

A Clean, Simple And Yet Powerful Content Reader for News Feeds and Web Articles

A free, clean and simple content reader for average and power users to subscribe to and read news feeds, and view any web articles you saved.

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What is RSS all about?

What is RSS?

RSS is an Internet protocol — a standardized way to publish frequently updated content to the Web. RSS makes it easy for originators to make their content quickly and broadly available. Many devices, including tablets, smartphones and PCs can easily access this content. RSS is short for "Really Simple Syndication", but don't worry about that phrase. It's just a dumb name for a beautiful idea.

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Best VPN Services for 2019

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VPNs and How we Reviewed Them

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have become an indispensable tool for many internet users in order to:

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How We Selected and Reviewed VPNs

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Before starting the reviews we did a survey of what commercial VPNs were active in the market. We found over 70 such services and reduced this to a smaller list of 23 based on popularity and suitability.
 
BTGuard
Cryptostorm
CyberGhost *
ExpressVPN  *
HideMyAss *
HotSpot Shield Elite
IPVanish
iVPN 
NordVPN 

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VyprVPN Review

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Multimedia (CD, DVD, Video, Audio)

Get A Pro License For Free And Say Goodbye To Long Videos

Get a Hyperlapse Pro license from Microsoft for free and say goodbye to long videos using Microsoft's Hyperlapse technology.

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Networking & File Transfer

How & Why to switch from Yahoo! Mail to GMail

It's a hard fact that All new Yahoo! mail sucks. This may be just personal but Yahoo gave me tough times with server errors on numerous occasions. For me GMail edges out Yahoo! Mail because of its speed and spam blocking. Yahoo! has too much spam, including IM span. Also POP access and disposable addresses require paid account. I'm afraid a day might come in the future when Yahoo won't allow access to your account even if you enter the correct ID and password. Once my Yahoo mail got hacked, I had enough with it.

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Best Free Remote Access Software

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Introduction

Remote Access Software (RAS) allows a user to remotely administer another computer through a GUI (Graphical User Interface).

RAS software usually falls into three categories:

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Best Free Browser-based File Transfer Software

Introduction

Many users want to transfer or share files with family and friends without getting involved with FTP or VPN networking. "Wouldn't it be great if I could effectively host my own website on my own PC?" Some rock-solid freeware products reviewed here let you do exactly that.

 

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Best Free BitTorrent Client

Introduction

Bittorrent has become one of the major download formats. With good reason too: it's fast, equitable and efficient. For the downloader, bittorrent offers an uncorrupted copy of the original with the option to stop the download at any time and re-start from where the download left off, very useful for those on shaky internet connections.

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Best Free Telnet-SSH Terminal Emulator

Introduction

Terminal emulators provide a telnet or SSH connection to UNIX like servers. Commercial products can emulate a wealth of terminal types and provide GUI face-lifting, etc. All are very nice, but this can leave the emulator feeling sluggish. Free implementations are more focused on the job at hand—providing a fast no-frills connection.

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Best Free Route Tracer

Introduction

Traceroute programs are used to identify the Internet path and time taken for communications between your PC and a remote Internet server. Technicians typically use them to identify network performance problems but end users sometimes employ them to help identify the location of a remote website and the path taken in between.

 

Rated Products

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Programming & Engineering

What you can truly achieve with Microsoft Virtual Academy!

 

Microsoft Virtual Academy

 

If you are into IT and Computer Sciences fields then you have probably heard of Microsoft Virtual Academy. Well if not, then you are probably missing out on one of the greatest services that Microsoft has ever offered in history.

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Best Free Hex Editor

 

Introduction

If you ever accidentally open an exe program file in a text editor such as Notepad, you will be confronted with a mass of unintelligible garbage on your screen. Worse still if you write the exe file back to disk, the program file would almost certainly be corrupted and would not work.

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Best Free Ways to Learn Programming

I can remember back when I was young how alien a couple of lines of code that were published in a kid's magazine looked to me.  Some twenty years later (or should I better say a year ago), I decided that I should teach myself how to create some small and usable programs. Sad to say, I lost interest shortly after.

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Best Free NFO Viewer

Introduction

An NFO file is basically a text file that has the text width restricted to 80 characters (regardless of how large the window itself is) and the "Terminal" fixed system font used by default. The Terminal font is used as it has a few ASCII blocks of various patterns that can be strung together like pixels creating ASCII art.

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Best Free Color Picker

Introduction

A color picker allows you to identify the color codes of any color present on your screen. This information can be helpful when editing an image, programming, writing HTML language or setting up a web page, etc.

There are many free color pickers to choose from. This review picks out a select few, based on the following features:

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Best Free Binary File Text Extractor

 

Introduction

When dealing with unknown .exe, .dll or other binary files, it's often helpful to view any text information contained in the file. This may help you to identify the program itself, as well as other information, such as the copyright date, application used to create the file, menu items and error messages.

 

Rated Products

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Reference & Cataloging

Explore Millions of Movies and Celebrities For Free

 

 

The Mummy released in June 2017 is an action-adventure film directed by Alex Kurtzman and stars top-billed cast including Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella and Annabelle Wallis.

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software

Introduction

Genealogy software provides a method for recording the subjects of our research, e.g. their names, relationships, and events of their lives. Evidence (citations and sources) should be recorded to support the conclusions reached. They also print the reports and charts to show off the results of our labor.

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Best Freeware Download Sites

 

Introduction

Once you use Gizmo's to find the best freeware for your purposes, you need to download it from somewhere. Generally, I recommend that you use the software developer's site but that is not always possible. In that case, you have to go to one of the many repositories of freeware to be found on the web.

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Best Free MP3 Tag Editor

 

Introduction

MP3 has become the most common audio format for playback, storage and transfer of music. If we need to playback MP3 files with their tag information shown correctly, or to organize a large collection of MP3 files based on their tag information, a good MP3 tag editor will be helpful.

In this category, both standalone tag editors and built-in tag editors are reviewed based on three basic needs which include:

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer

Introduction

This article compares audio software that enrich the music experience or enhance everyday listening, and provide impressive music centric features. The best MP3 and audio player ought to quench our passion for music, such as by inspiring us to rip or download music, organize our music libraries, learn more about our favorite artists or music, or just listen to music.

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Best Free Free-Form Database (Cardfile)

Introduction

For database applications there seems to be always a very high learning curve before you are able to use it for your purposes. With much less effort card file oriented database applications are often more than enough to fulfill your needs.

 

Rated Products

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Security

Best Free "Second Opinion" Malware Scanner

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Introduction

Almost everyone who cares about security runs some kind of basic antivirus protection. Traditional antivirus protection works great for most users but no software is perfect. We live in a world full of security holes and bugs where patches and updates try to come to the rescue at the end of the day.

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Best VPN Services for 2019

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VPNs and How we Reviewed Them

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have become an indispensable tool for many internet users in order to:

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How We Selected and Reviewed VPNs

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Before starting the reviews we did a survey of what commercial VPNs were active in the market. We found over 70 such services and reduced this to a smaller list of 23 based on popularity and suitability.
 
BTGuard
Cryptostorm
CyberGhost *
ExpressVPN  *
HideMyAss *
HotSpot Shield Elite
IPVanish
iVPN 
NordVPN 

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VyprVPN Review

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TunnelBear VPN Review

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PureVPN Review

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System and Performance Info

How To Check and Validate Hardware Specifications of Windows and Android Devices

A simple and free tool to check all hardware specifications of your Windows and Android devices.

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Windows 7 Startup Detail

Want to follow a detailed example of what happens when Windows starts?

In this article you will find the following detail about Windows startup:

  • Descriptions of the major components.
  • Detailed sequences of activities for each process.
  • Example registry keys and values.

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Do we really need Windows registry cleaners?

In early 2012 I wrote this short article describing the impact of registry cleaning on Windows XP performance. I never published it because I was primarily settling the question for my own satisfaction. Secondly, I shelved it when I started working on a longer article that provides more detail on the scenarios. I never finished that other article so now I'm publishing this shorter article because it will still be useful to the many Windows XP users.

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Windows 7 Startup

Want to know what happens when Windows starts?

This article is an overview of Windows startup with a flowchart and a couple of examples of the startup phases for immediate user logon and delayed user logon.

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Best Free System Information Utility

Introduction

The freeware utility AIDA32 was for a long time the best system information / inventorying tool ever, regardless of price. It documented just about every aspect of your hardware and software configuration as well as checking networks and providing memory benchmarks.

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Best Free Hard Drive Health Monitoring and Diagnostic Programs

 

Introduction

If you aren't aware of the condition of your hard drives, you may not be able to save your valuable data before it's too late. Not all hard drive crashes are random, so you may have time to backup your data before it fails completely.

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Best Free Process Viewer

Introduction

Since Windows 95, Microsoft has included the Windows Task Manager in all of their operating systems to help users troubleshoot problems or just see how much of their precious memory is being used. Easily opened by a combination of hot keys (ctrl+shift+esc, or ctrl+alt+delete), this small tool isn't good for much other than killing processes.

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System Utilities

How To Check and Validate Hardware Specifications of Windows and Android Devices

A simple and free tool to check all hardware specifications of your Windows and Android devices.

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Windows 7 Startup Detail

Want to follow a detailed example of what happens when Windows starts?

In this article you will find the following detail about Windows startup:

  • Descriptions of the major components.
  • Detailed sequences of activities for each process.
  • Example registry keys and values.

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers

A few days ago Rob posted an article on how to get the Windows Experience Index score back. Today we are going to showcase our PC Performance Scores using another freeware utility, Novabench. It is a benchmarking utility for Windows and Mac. Novabench is a versatile and advanced aggregator than WEI that tests the performance of various components of your computer and then assigns scores to each one of them. A higher score indicates a better performance. Novabench not only rates your computer but also can be used to find the various performance bottlenecks on your system.

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Do we really need Windows registry cleaners?

In early 2012 I wrote this short article describing the impact of registry cleaning on Windows XP performance. I never published it because I was primarily settling the question for my own satisfaction. Secondly, I shelved it when I started working on a longer article that provides more detail on the scenarios. I never finished that other article so now I'm publishing this shorter article because it will still be useful to the many Windows XP users.

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Windows 7 Startup

Want to know what happens when Windows starts?

This article is an overview of Windows startup with a flowchart and a couple of examples of the startup phases for immediate user logon and delayed user logon.

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Nifty Free Application Lets You Control Hundreds of Windows System Utilities in One Convenient Place

WSCC download and update dialogGizmo’s Freeware reviews many Windows system utilities. Two of the premier sources are Microsoft Windows Sysinternals and Nirsoft Utilities.

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How to Make Dozens of Tweaks to Windows 8/8.1 the Easy Way

There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of ways to tweak Windows and everybody has their favorites. Here’s an easy way to make many of your favorite tweaks in Windows 8/8.1 and possibly discover some new ones as well.

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How to Pin Anything to the Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8 the Easy Way

Have you ever wanted to pin your favorite folder, document, or control panel item to the Windows taskbar, only to find that you can’t do that directly?  Unfortunately, the straightforward way of pinning items to the taskbar is limited to program files only. If you want to pin something else there, you need a workaround. Or you can use one of the free little portable programs from Winaero that will allow you to pin almost anything to the taskbar. There is one for Windows 7 and one for Windows 8.

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Use This Powerful System Tool to Check Windows Hardware

Would you like to know the details of the hardware on your Windows PC? Or maybe you would like to check the state of your hardware's health. There are a variety of ways to get information about system hardware but here is a free utility that will tell you as much as you want to know (and more) about all your hardware.

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