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12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems 5 years 11 months ago The Entity

For those with some tech knowledge you can't beat StackOverflow. You have to register to post or comment but there's help on nearly any aspect of coding, often too much. It's easy to get overwhelmed with info unless you really narrow down your search.

Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 3 years 2 weeks ago The Entity

Novabench Score: 2040
Tested on Nov 19, 2017

Intel Core i5-7600K Kaby Lake
Asrock Z270 Gaming K6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
SB Audigy 5 FX version
2 Syba 4-port SATA cards
1 x Asus DVDRW
Microsoft Windows 10 Professional Creator's Update

CPU Score 672
Clocked 4371

RAM Score 307 (16GB DDR4 3200)

GPU Score 1225

Disk Score 68
Write Speed: 526 MB/s
Read Speed: 469 MB/s
This must be an average; the scores for the M2 in benchmark (before adding the other 10 drives) at build time were about 4x this for write and about double for read

Home built
I ran this as in normal use with several browsers open, Music DVD playing,
2 x 27" monitors 1080P and 1 at 4K
boot drive PCIE M2 NVM +3 SSD + 7 spinner HD.
Will try later with minimal or maybe safe mode if it runs under that and compare.
The board & CPU are brand new (replaced Z170/I5-6600 Skylake that died last week).
The rest were from older builds swapped in previously to the Z170 build .
There are a few bugs to swat yet; this build is only 3 days old.
Haven't plugged in the Oculous yet, I'm having some USB issues still;
my reaction on the Z170 build was "meh..." VR needs work yet, esp. more games, but it worked OK

Access This Radio And Scan The Airwaves From Your PC! 6 years 7 months ago The Flying Irish

As a former Ham Radio, and unfortunately out of the airwaves for more than 20 years, I fell almost speechless at your Hot Tip. It is simply fantastic ! Terrific, actually !! I thank you dearly for this tip.

Best Free FTP Client 7 years 8 months ago The Gene Thanks for the response, I will certainly have a good look at the claim you make of it not being able to connect to a normal FTP client, and definitely report back on this..... I am also currently testing FTPRush, anf will add my review on that soon as well. view
Best Free Notes Organizer 6 months 4 days ago The Saint

Very interesting article.
I used Evernote but which over time became too complicated and limited in free version, then I switched to Simplenote which is very simple as the name suggests. The problem is that he sometimes loses information ... I also had corrupted files.
So I'm looking for new solutions. I am currently testing TreeNoote ( It’s pretty cool !
Full-text Search, Password Protection, Rich Text Editor...

Get the classic Windows 7 and 8 Calculator in Windows 10 2 years 1 month ago the.boffin

I still use a calculator program that doesn't include brackets because it works in RPN (Reverse Polish Notation) in the same way that early Hewlett Packard hand-held calculators worked, back in the 1970s. If you got used to using RPN (not everyone did), it was much more consistent than other manufacturer's systems with brackets.

Best Free DVD Ripper 3 years 4 weeks ago theelostone

This should probably be updated. DVDfab used to be great for ripping but now they're getting all big brother phone home. You have to create an account to even use the free version. So I assume it's sending usage data back home. What are they doing with that? Hard to say. Government might want that info too if the political climate changes on the topic of ripping movies. I came here hoping to find a replacement for DVDFab. I like Handbrake for encoding (I used to rip several with DVDFab then queue them all up to run overnight in Handbrake). Finding a good ripper that can handle copy protection is proving problematic.

Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 6 years 9 months ago theelostone

I think Cloudfogger is dead. Their blog and twitter haven't seen a new post since 2012. Would love to see an updated version of this article re-reviewing the programs that are still active and listing any new contenders. I'm guessing much has changed. Boxcryptor now wants a yearly subscription from you to get the same functionality that used to be free, etc.

Best Free PDF Writer Software 3 years 4 weeks ago theEmperor

An aspect worth commenting on is the UnInstall process should you decide this is not the piece of software for you. On this aspect, do NOT try doPDF - it installs services and registry entries that are NOT removed when you uninstall the product. It basically leaves all of its files, registry entries as well as the novaPDF Service on your PC. which you will need to manually try to find and delete if you want the software removed from your PC.

A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 6 years 10 months ago TheHubster

I tried this and it seemed to indicate that two out of the three exe files had a Trojan. Scanned the files with three different AV scanners all which showed no trojans present. Not too sure about this.

A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 6 years 10 months ago TheHubster

Hi. When the files scanned with PeStudio, the Virus Totals showed trojans, AdWare.Win32.Popupguide!O and PAK_Generic.001. There is no help file with this, so I took it to be that it reports a trojan/virus if it finds one. If I'm wrong I stand corrected.

Convert To or From PDF Quickly And Online 3 years 9 months ago TheHubster

I use desktop app from called PDFill. Installs as a 30mb file so not a big footprint and it has just been updated to version 13. Would not be without it.

Free Software For The Aspiring Novelist 3 years 4 months ago TheHubster

Avast Antivirus, and Windows Defender both say the exe file is malicious. Will not let me install

Free Software For The Aspiring Novelist 3 years 4 months ago TheHubster

Hi. They were not both running at same time.Avast picked it up first, then I turned off Avast and turned Defender on. Not had any problems before this.
Update 16:25 - I have installed yWriter version 5 without issue, but 6 is still blocked by Avast

Handy Reference Cards If You Use MS Office 2016 3 years 1 month ago TheHubster

Or, you could just go to the CustomGuide website and download all the ones you need without disclosing any info. Click on Quick References and scroll down past the sign-up form to find all the guides that are available.

BurnAware Free 3 years 8 months ago TheHubster

Installed Chromium and an 'Anti-Malware' suite without asking. No longer using.

Another Way To Keep Tabs On Your LAN 5 years 8 months ago TheIntersect

Now it would be great if either of these 2 programs would show real-time and/or average bandwidth usage! I often am wondering what device is hogging the internet.

My New Favourite Network-Fiddling Tool 5 years 8 months ago TheIntersect

Is it a Netwok analyzer (used to evaluate Chinese foods cooked in a wok) or is it a Network analyzer? ;)

Either way, it sounds quite useful and I'm downloading the Network analyzer in spite of how useful a Netwok analyzer might also be.

An Update For Every Techie's Favourite Tool 4 years 2 days ago TheIntersect

That's great that it's been updated, but this article would be stronger if it identified even just 1 of the "new features."

As it is, this article just tells current users what we already know--I came here hoping to find out what was new.

Love the program, and typically I appreciate these articles, but this one is not particularly helpful yet.

Handy Reference Cards If You Use MS Office 2016 3 years 1 month ago TheIntersect

I would not say these were "free" because you have to give a lot of personal information to get access to the downloads. Strange that the article does not mention that. You have to give your *work* email and then on the next screen you have to give detailed information about your *work*, such as your name, address, position, job level, address, etc., etc., etc. Too "costly" for me!

How to Get a Free Installation Disk for Windows 8.1 6 years 2 weeks ago Thekl0wn

You can recover your Windows 8 key from the BIOS by following the directions on this page. I used RWEverything mentioned in the article.

Best Free Photo Slideshow Software 4 years 11 months ago thelovejoy

thanks for your input here. I have to create an 'entertaining' slideshow once a year to show off a recent competition at our awards banquet. I've used the 3D -album to create special effects and transitions and awesome intros, brought it into another program and added music and trimmed everything up to have it sync.... what I'm looking for is another program that will do similar to what 3D album does as it doesn't seem to work so well after all the computer upgrades.... suggestions?

This Tree-Based Personal Information Manager Looks Superb 6 years 9 months ago theMezz

Does free version save images and color text (html)?

Make Your Google Drive Or FTP Site Work Like Any Windows Drive 5 years 11 months ago theMezz

Does NetDrive support SFTP?
CyberDuck does

Thank You for Donating 6 years 10 months ago TheNess

Glad to send a little help to a great site that's helped me a lot. Diolch from Cymru.

User-Friendly Bandwidth Detective Gets A Welcome Update 6 years 2 weeks ago theotang

Works on Windows 7 or newer (no Vista, XP, etc)
Does not support Windows server edition but some users in the forums have hacked it in.

How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 4 years 5 months ago These Old Eyes

Will someone at MS please notice that the population is aging, in many cases (like mine) with diminishing ability for eyes to adjust to radically different light levels? I'd like to see a third party develop an appropriately intrusive "app" (shudder) to restore user control over background colors in Window 10, preferably within the next month!

Essential PIM Gets An Update 3 years 2 weeks ago Thetan207

The only way I found to download the free version was via Cnet, whom I don't trust.

Sweet Home 3D 4 years 5 months ago Thetan207

Very nice program. Thanks for the article!

KeePass 2 years 8 months ago Thetan207

I would like to use a password manager that allows me to create my own fields. "Free Password Manager" from Soft-o ( seems to have what I'm looking for. Has anyone used or evaluated this program? I would feel safer about loading my private data into it if I knew it was open source. Otherwise, how do I know the publisher isn't accessing my data through a hidden upload process running in the background. Am I paranoid? Should I be? :)

Are You Impressed with Google Assistant in Allo? 4 years 2 months ago theunsfvo

Beats WhatsApp hands down, much more feature rich and handy to use in everyday live and while conversing with others WITHOUT leaving you chat screen...

Now it is just a matter of getting all you contacts to start using Allo so you can ditch the old school apps out there.

Google Removes 'View Image' Button from Google Image Search (and what you can do about it) 2 years 9 months ago theunsfvo

This is actually better without the button because now the high resolution image is actually on the search page, you don't have to always open a new tab for the high res version of the image, it is right in the search and you can just right click and save...

Google Removes 'View Image' Button from Google Image Search (and what you can do about it) 2 years 9 months ago theunsfvo

it is still there mikey... just click on the Tool button below the search bar and then on the next line, the first option is Size that you can choose from...

Best Free Digital Photo Organizer 4 years 6 months ago thewillies99

I need a photo organizer that doesn't scan my entire computer. I need it to scan specific folders that I designate and then let me organize those folders within the program. Anyone aware of free organizers that will do this? I do not want to use Picasa.

Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 6 months ago Theziggy

Re Avast antivirus

I installed this and it said that my txt app - Handcent was not compatible. I use Handcent a lot more than I scan for viruses so until Avast plays nicely with Handcent I'll make do with a competitor


Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 6 months ago Theziggy

Thanks IO.Hazard

That makes sense. Thanks for the info.

Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 4 months ago The_Blode

Most of the information here hasn't been updated in 2 years (since I originally wrote the article). Use caution and judgement when choosing your program as the services may well have changed over those 2 years too. If the mods need any ideas on how to revamp this article, drop me a line.


Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 9 months ago The_Blode

I wrote this article 5 years ago and it's not changed all that much since it was written back when I was in University. It definitely needs a refresh. I'm willing to take this article on again if given the opportunity.

Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 9 months ago The_Blode Thanks MC nice to be back. :) @Everyone reading this article...expect a refresh of the current article with the tools I use myself for anonymity these days and expect me to go into some mobile anonymity choices which weren't necessarily popular when I first started this article. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 9 months ago The_Blode Good shout. I will update this article accordingly. Thank you. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 2 months ago The_Blode

Nope...I meant 3MB. :)

Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 6 months ago Third Eye


Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 6 months ago Third Eye

Actually I am also very much eager to use Bitdefender Free Antivirus on my computer.
The only thing keeping me away from using this antivirus is that I will have to uninstall my existing antivirus which I do not want to do.
I am proud to tell everyone that traditionally I have been a long term user of Bitdefender free antivirus (during its previous years). I dropped it because of compatibility issues with windows 10. But now the picture has changed. In those days I felt sad that no one seemed to recognise such a great antivirus. It was highly underrated But hopefully now the things are turning in its favour.

Download its free antivirus which works on autopilot along with its small anti-ransomware software and you are good to go. As a matter of fact it provides most power protection against phishing also by directly scanning all http traffic. And all this for a free product where paid ones fail to match even the inbuilt protection of most popular browsers. Its zero day protection is also best in class.

Also it is worth mentioning that 360 total security lies at the opposite pole when compared to Bitdefender free antivirus. How............................

1.) 360 Total Security requires lots and lots of user input due to highly aggressive heuristics ( with all its features it is certainly a tool for experts ) while Bitdefender free antivirus uses highly advance detection techniques like "B-HAVE" (more on it later) and works without much user input.

360 TOTAL SECURITY IS FREE..........................MY DEAR BECAUSE YOU ARE A PRODUCT NOW. QIHOO IS AN ADVERTISING COMPANY LIKE GOOGLE. But worry not............Qihoo really cares for your privacy and you can trust it.

Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 6 months ago Third Eye

Try to add thunderbird to exclusion list.

Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 6 months ago Third Eye



Qihoo must have poured millions of dollars in developing this product but it is quite BAD.
1.) Poor Realtime Protection
2.) Poor phishing Detection
3.) Performance Impact
4.) Too much advertisements and Privacy issues
5.) Extra tools are overemphasized and underpowered
6.) Intrusive and interface layout stressing non-essentials.
7.) Too many false positives by 360 Cloud Engine
8.) Poor Documentation

I know that its protection can be improves by enabling those 3rd party Bitdefender and Avira engines, but tests shoes in spite of that protection is not remarkable and performance impact goes very high.

Lots of negatives, like those Extra tools when seen from view point of a PC professional are bloatware and not absolutely essential.


1.) Have a crystal clear privacy policy
2.) Just use Bitdefender Engine by default and ditch 360 cloud engine forever.
3.) Non-intrusive and quality advertisements
4.) Improve real-time protection, program should immediately react to the presence of malware without executing them.
5.) Improve Phishing protection.
6.) Remove nonessential tools and do not emphasize them, like frequent cache cleaning and aggressive startup management.

Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 6 months ago Third Eye

This article is outdated. 360 Total Security is the worst Antivirus.
I wrote a long comment discussing the same which was removed by the editor. I think they are paid by Qihoo.

Free Commercial-Grade Antivirus For Your New PC 3 years 11 months ago Third Eye

I have previously used Sophos Home Antivirus on my Windows 10 laptop. It is a kind of set and forget security solution. Yes it is good. I will give it 7.5 out of 10. It is indeed ideal for home users and specially for parents who want to give their children a safe and decent online experience.

1.) Best in class web protection with lots of configuration.
2.) Good PUP detection (Thats what many say)
3.) Web dashboard with intuitive controls.
4.) Simple to install and use. But first create a account.

1.) 280 to 300 MB idle RAM usage ( Yes you read it correct).
It has many components including its web shield or call it a web inspector.
2.) Could have provided some local controls as well.
3.) Using it some users experience slight system slowdowns and also slightly sluggish web browsing.

I believe if you can deal with some false positives which become unavoidable for a stronger proactive defense and excellent zero day protection then Qihoo 360 total security is a better choice.

Hey friends please share your thoughts in the comment section. I would like to know. What does your experience says?

Try This Amazing Online Pronunciation Guide 3 years 8 months ago Third Eye

Thanks Rob.... Thank a lot.

You Have 5 Days To Get This $59.95 Software For Free 3 years 8 months ago Third Eye

Is there any limit on the version being given away?

1. The version activated by Giveaway License works the same as the one being sold, which becomes a "free DVD ripper". But it won't let you update.

2. Only when you purchase the Full Version can you enjoy lifetime free upgrade and take advantage of all new features and enhanced functions.

Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 1 week ago Thomas J Thomas

Hiya mike I read your thread with interest.

Just to let you know I also have Panda Cloud AV Free Edition, and nothing like you have described is happening to me, Its still behaving as its suppose to.

Have you thought of downloading the latest version to your desktop, Then removing your current version completely, and then of course install the latest version.

I say this as....surely if these problems that you are having where universal then it should be affecting everyone including me.

Anyway good luck, and please note I have provided FEEDBACK and not CRITICISM, and I hope you take it in the spirit in which it was meant.

( I also have WinPatrol AND I prefer Scotty as a round icon on the task-bar not the square lol )

Best Free Drive Cloning Software 7 years 2 weeks ago Thomas J Thomas

I did a complete system image copy with Macrium Reflect Free Edition of my W7 laptop about 18 months ago,

I tend to do a complete fresh install every 18 months or so. This week I wanted to do a complete factory restore of my laptop, But alas somehow my manufacturers recovery partition (Press F 11 and select restore to factory) has become corrupted.

Never mind I said, I got the option now to go down the Macrium Reflect route, I put in the 18 month previously created rescue disc and..........NOTHING.....ERROR MESSAGE DISC WONT LOAD.

The BKU files(BKU = Back Up)are safe and stored and I believe correctly copied on my external HDD, but I have no way of installing this snapshot out of the box 18 month ago clean fresh BKU including all partitions at the time.

Don't worry I am not asking for help, I have contacted my manufacturer, and they are going to post out some Factory Restore W7 Rescue Discs. (Basically what the recovery participation would of done).

The moral of the story....... if the rescue disc does not work when you want to restore a image then you are in big TROUBLE.

Irony of all Irony while I am waiting for the postman/postwoman I decided to experiment with other programs, The in-built W7 Create a system image and create a rescue disc..... WORKS

Paragon Backup & Recovery 2013 Free Create a rescue disc.....WORKS

PLEASE NOTE...In my tests I didn't actually restore anything and by...WORKS...I mean the Rescue Discs I created are recognised when I try to boot from the discs, and on both occasions when I removed my HDD (Imagine If I Am Installing A Copy To A New Drive) I can follow the instructions up to..........which image would you like to restore.

I get none of this with Macrium Reflect........Including after also RECENTLY burning a new rescue disc......with both options offered Linux and Windows PE 3.1

That's My Experience.....

Best Free Drive Cloning Software 7 years 1 week ago Thomas J Thomas

Hiya Scoop...Thank you very much for your reply,

I read it with great interest and I am somewhat amazed that the failing disc syndrome seems to be common with Macrium. But still, I have come to the conclusion that my big mistake was not testing and going thru the rescue disc process immediately at the creation time.

I myself am new to drive imaging. I have been Backing Up (BKU) my data with the excellent SyncBack Freeware for years now and with absolutely no problems, including restoring.

I got into drive imaging research after Laptop/Desktop manufacturers started, to stop selling their machines with a installation disc, and the new machines had the OS pre-installed on the machine inc the recovery section.

As a old school man who is

1]...use to upgrading the pre installed HDD capacity.

( My 1st XP Laptop had a 60 GB HDD.....Imagine that lol...the task was simple back then because of the XP installation disc )

2]...Also being a fan of a complete re-install every now and then.


I knew I had to up my game and find out what the modern way was now.

I soon researched and got into disk drive imaging, I like the idea and I know the theory behind the idea, and as of now I will certainly do what you do....TEST TEST TEST....and then TEST AGAIN

So I thank you for that, the thing that upset me with Macrium Reflect is when you create a rescue disc it says task completed successfully......but still that's no excuse I should have tested and checked.

Scoop when the postman/postwoman comes and I get everything to how I like it...In this household I will be creating system images for future re-installs & future HDD capacity upgrades, and of course any serious virus infestation.....

But I will do exactly as you did from start to finish with your spare drives and I aim to perfect it, the only thing is.....

I will be doing it with the in-built W7 system image feature and/or offense Macrium but you had your chance

Thanks again Scoop.

Best Free Drive Cloning Software 6 years 12 months ago Thomas J Thomas

Thank you very much for your comment Movrshakr

I 100% agree with you.

At the very least creating a rescue disc from the linux option should work.

The way I understand it after you checked the Bios and told your computer to boot from DVD/CD Disc Drive first, hard drive second etc. etc

The disc is then suppose to tell the computer.....boot from this disc ignore any operating systems and follow the instructions on this disc please computer.

But after many many retry’s even thou Macrium says disc burned successfully I still get nothing while trying to boot off it.

I too believe this is UNACCEPTABLE.

However there is a update please see my reply to Remah directly below this one.

Best Free Drive Cloning Software 6 years 12 months ago Thomas J Thomas

Thank you very much for all your comments Remah.

I have read them all, but this is honestly my first chance to respond to you.

I can see you are making great efforts to help and identify any possible problems, and its obvious you believe in Macrium Reflect. I 100% admire you for this.

I had/have given up on Macrium Reflect, but because of you & Scoop's belief in the product I did decide to give your "Create ISO image file" a go.

After burning and trying to boot from that disc..........

In W7 Machine I get ......> ISOLINUX 3.07 2005-01-12 copyright 1994-2005 H. Peter Anvin <......
then a flashing "-" But then of course nothing happens.

In XP Machine....Now prepare yourself for a shock..........

I get a black screen then "Files Loading" then a "Green Macrium Reflect Background Screen", then
"Welcome To The Image Restore Wizard".

My conclusion since the rescue disc is NOT suppose to be operating system dependent,is that there's something about my W7 machine that Macrium Reflect doesnt like,..... Bios, Motherboard, Whatever. ( I haven't experimented on a machine with no HDD or empty HDD yet. )

Anyway since W7 is my principal machine I am done with Macrium. I will report later in the new year how the in-bulit W7 create system image/disc way gets on with me, as well as the separate Pargon way.

I can confirm the iso image way seems to work in actually creating the disc, but my W7 machine doesnt like that disc. It was a pleasure to actually see the Restore Wizard Page...albeit in XP.....I wasn't seeing it on any machine before.

Best Free Drive Cloning Software 6 years 12 months ago Thomas J Thomas

Hiya Scoop I hope you are still following this post.(Smile)

Just to let you know, the postman arrived, I put Manufacturers Rescue Disc's in and WHAM my computer is back to day 1 out of the box clean install....Success

All I have to do now is when, my computer is set to how I like it, and all those windows updates and system files are created, and my chosen software installed. And when I know its 100% safe & secure.

Then I need to create a new system image, but I think we all know its not going be with

I'll post here in the new year how the in-bulit W7 create system image/disc gets on with me.

(Note New Comments Are Also Above Since We Last Corresponded)

Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 7 years 2 weeks ago Thomas J Thomas

I Use Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware, for On demand scanning and for "Live" protection yes I use SpywareBlastor as well as Spybot in conjunction with Spyware Terminator.

So I think you can see I defiantly enjoyed the article.......However

I was just wondering if there are any reasons why Spyware Terminator was not mentioned.

Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 7 years 1 week ago Thomas J Thomas

Wow......well that is certainly an answer.....MC!

If you was to see my computer all departments you would see a definite pattern of software that is also listed in the relevant sections of Gizmo. Some were a coincidence, as in I had them already or knew about them, and some were defiantly installed after me researching in depth.......including here at the excellent Gizmo Freeware site.

All thou not all my choices are number one at Gizmo, they are at the very least mentioned.This is why I was curious about Spyware Terminator and Gizmo. At the very least I thought our brains where in sync lol.

I shall now do some more research concerning Spyware Terminator, and look for a possible alternative if need be.

I tend to keep my Anti-Virus & Anti-Spyware packages separate, but now during some planned research as mentioned above, I shall look into suites as well. Not complete suites such as firewall inclusive, just Anti Virus & Anti Spyware inclusive.

Thanks for you reply and explanation Midnight Cowboy....I believe Gizmo & My computer are now back in sync lol

Best Free Tune-up Program For Computer 5 years 4 months ago thomasackley

In the review of one-click maintenance programs you gave only got 2 suggested programs (and a blurb on CCleaner saying it doesn't really fit in this category)? What about Baidu PC Faster, IOBit Advanced System Care and good old BlueSprig, Inc. JetClean? These are all freeware, Baidu and JetClean are quite zippy and Advanced System Care is simple, takes a while to complete, but is thorough. I'm sure there must be others. Guys, not to be snarky, but even if you don't like the others, you might put a quick mention of them in your article and a quick summary of your conclusions about them. Really, only 2 ...?

Best Free Media Center Software 6 years 9 months ago thomash63

I downloaded XBMC this past Saturday and everything worked fine with no problem. However, it crashed the next morning and when I tried to restart it, I completely lost the sound in it. There's nothing wrong with my sound at all on my iMac Mavericks OS X 10.9.1 and I downloaded XBMC 12.3 which is the latest version. I checked very carefully not once, not twice, but many times all the audio configurations and specifications but still no luck with the sound and audio. I might also add that I accidentally turned on some video screen that shows all the data while playing videos and I can't remember how to turn it off. Can you tell me how to fix the audio/sound plus the video data turn off? I tried leaving a question on but there's no way in doing so.


Best Free Media Center Software 6 years 9 months ago thomash63

I'm registered with x b m c . o r g and it says to click on the top or bottom where it says to start a new topic. However, there's no such thing at all on the website which makes it very frustrating as heck. Do you have any other suggestions to try with the sound with XBMC? I sure would appreciate it.


Best Free Media Player 7 years 8 months ago Thor

Just a general comment, I am really pleased with the new version of smplayer.
Also, check out Zoom Player

What to do when giving away an old computer 5 years 3 weeks ago Thored

Just for reference, users haven't been able to LLF a disk since the late 80's/early 90's.

Tracks, and sectors in modern disk drives are laid down on the platters using a servowriter and then the platters are installed on the spindle in a hard disk.

Get A Disposable, Secure Email Address On Demand. For Free. 6 years 7 months ago THouston

for one shot mail i use

and for something a bit more long term i use

Thank You for Donating 2 years 5 months ago THouston

love what you do, we made a donation.
hope it helps.
however, ad blocker stays on.

Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 6 years 10 months ago threetandy

I use Legacy but when using the Individual report Legacy is not consistent with the numbering system. For example I use the d'Aboville numbering. When printing Individual reports for a random person, Legacy allocates number 1 against that individual and not the relevant d'Aboville number. Any suggestions? Is there a program out there that overcomes this?

CCleaner 4 years 4 months ago thubleau

Do you guys actually test this stuff?
CCleaner browser cleaner is not free it requires you to buy the pro version to activate this feature.End of story

How to Know If Your Computer Is Infected 7 years 2 months ago thundersnake

Hello there,
I downloaded Comodo like it was asked in the steps, unzipped it & then opened the file called "CCE".
As soon as it starts to download the updates, the windows suddenly freezes and the computer crashes then restarts, already checked it twice.

I don't know what to do in this case, please help.

Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 4 months ago TiagoDM

Please consider Qihoo 360 internet security:

Very well reviews product in

Thanks for doing this.


Find Any Word, In Any File, On Your PC. Fast. 3 years 3 months ago TiagoDM

what about everything? this can really help you find everything in your computer. Indexes are built by the software using custom setttings. Very fast and accurate.

My Favourite Ad Blocker. Now Open Source Too. 2 years 8 months ago TiagoDM

no conflict at all! i use ghostery, ublock origin, https everywhere and disconnect all togeather. No conflicts.

This Tiny RTF Editor Is Worth Keeping Around 6 years 6 months ago Tiesenhausen

How does this compare with Jarte? It seems very similar.

Terrific Program Lets You Automate Tasks On Your PC 6 years 2 months ago Tiesenhausen

Now that we've sorted out that there is an absolutely free version of the program, let's look at it:

x32, not x64: So what? It takes two fractions of a second instead of one?

maximum 100 tasks, 100 actions per task, 100 tasks running simultaneously: sounds like a lot to me.

backs up on fixed weekly schedule, not whenever you want it to: ought to be good enough.

puts free edition footer on e-mails it generates: I'm proud to be known as a skinflint.

I use System Scheduler a lot and won't stop, but this program is interesting because of the variety of triggers it accepts.

Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 3 years 11 months ago Tiesenhausen

What would be useful is a careful comparison of LibreOffice, Open Office (which I use, when WordPerfect is not applicable) and now, it seems, FreeOffice.

Why do we need three free emulators of Microsoft Word?

Pale Moon. This New Web Browser Is Far From New! 2 years 10 months ago Tiesenhausen

As for using multiple browsers, is it possible to create a Windows shortcut or another single-click link that will open a specific website always with a specified browser? So that, for example, one might have a default browser, but a link to open a specified website with another browser? And maybe even another link to open another website with a third browser?

How Windows 64-bit Supports 32-bit Applications 2 years 9 months ago Tilak

How do i run Foxprow 2.6 that works fine on all 32bit windows on 64bit windows?
Not very happy with Dual boot OS and Virtual pc (vmware). Is there a simpler way out?
Pls assist. Thanks

How to Reveal Your Windows Product Key in All Current Versions of Windows 1 year 10 months ago tim-bin

just found out was one of the best websites for licence

Best Free Web Browser for Android 7 years 5 months ago Tim001

Okay, I'm here to offer a minimalistic view on low end android devices, Opera Mobile is great on low end devices too, UC browser mini,is outstanding when it comes to data saving , however at the cost of page functionality. its also note worth that Opera mini gets u were u want to be..
maxathon is good, doesn't work well with a 2G connection, last time i checked,was far surpassed by dolphin mini..
dolphin vs opera mobile...
dolphin is solid and is reliable, however on a low end device ... becomes slow with more than one tab open..
opera mobile is a safer solution , and 'feels' much ,much more robust, u may need to manage your cache more often than with dolphin for a better experience thought...

Best Free Image Editor for Android 7 years 5 months ago Tim001

Hi, I'm using a low end android device with a custom ROM. I am a fan of Adobe PS express( because of its smooth UI and responsiveness.) However I am not sure if I am the only one who noticed the dramatic loss of image quality after editing,
it bothers me.
I'm also checking out picsart;

Best Free Image Editor for Android 7 years 5 months ago Tim001

hi guys. I'm done testing picsart... I do agree.. its beautiful , its diverse ... but there are three issues that surface on low end devices...
the Internal memory, processing speed, data usage (if you are a minimalist)...
it was designed for social networking... and hence is heavy on data...the app is relatively smooth. however applying effects is slow and CPU intensive. that's not the only problems I experienced..
the loading of the images was tricky (probably because of RAM limitations) the best way is to parse it as a file path.(via a file manager) ..
image quality is a lil better than Adobe PS Express ...

Vuze Help: Installing The Mainline DHT Plugin 6 years 11 months ago Timbo

The article is interesting but sadly having followed the DHT suggestion above it has caused huge problems to my Vuze installation (MBP - OSX 10.8.5). I had already sorted Port Direction on my router (Draytek 2820) and thought loading the Mainline DHT plug-in might improve download speeds further. Big mistake. After downloading and re-starting, all my downloading torrents are stuck on Queued. No smileys of any colour. The uploads are happily uploading on green smileys. I used the Open Port Check Tool to test the DHT-nominated port 49001 and I find it is blocked. So a swift uninstall of Mainline DHT. The problem is that it hasn't fixed the Queuing so I have no downloads. Big mess.

Vuze Help: Installing The Mainline DHT Plugin 6 years 11 months ago Timbo

Firstly, thanks very much for a swift reply.

Your comments about the Vuze Queue settings were interesting. I had a look and discovered that the Max Simultaneous Downloads setting had switched itself (defaulted?) to 4. That explains why only 4 downloads were active at once. So I switched that figure up and many more are now running. Also your suggestion to uncheck the "Don't start any more torrents" etc box was a good one, I did that and speeds improved a little. So those all had an immediate effect - thank you. Overall, all the downloads are now back to actively downloading steadily on green although overall speed is at about 25% of normal, so there are still glitches to fix. In the Tracker Status column, half the downloads show OK and the other half show "OK (UDP Probe)".

On the UDP issue, it's more tricky. I switched UPnP off in Vuze and on the router. I set both TCP and UDP for port 56912 on the router, set both the Call and Data filters in the Draytek router firewall to "Disable" and in Connection in Vuze Preferences set TCP and UDP for 56912. I'm not sure what you mean by the Mainline DHT Port in the router, maybe it's called something else in a Draytek? Then when I do the Vuze NAT/Server Port test it passes TCP but fails UDP. Then when I do the Vuze Network Status test it passes TCP in & out and UDP out but fails UDP inbound.

Does asking TCP and UDP to share a port risk overloading it? Alternatively, is there a self-test feature or plug-in that will establish an open port on the router and thus allow me to enter that figure manually in the router & Vuze settings for UDP?

Now I'm reassured that the plug-in hasn't caused this (!) I'll try to reload it into Vuze.

Thanks for your assistance.

Vuze Help: Installing The Mainline DHT Plugin 6 years 11 months ago Timbo

Thanks for your further input.

More developments - I went in to the router and set an additional port 49001 for UDP. I then did the Vuze NAT-Firewall test and - surprise - both the TCP and UDP tested OK on port 56912. Maybe the UDP function needed a return loop via 49001 to make 56912 come alive.

I have re-loaded the mlDHT plug-in and re-launched Vuze. The box at the bottom shows "mlDHT" on its own, no IPv etc - is that right?

But the overriding problem is that speeds have now slowed down even more….. Downloads are mainly green but achingly slow. You kindly suggest visiting the "optimising-vuze-speed" page but that basically steers one through the NAT-Firewall test which now comes out OK. I also did the Vuze Network Status test which produces this result;
0 NAT devices found
No SOCKS proxy found
No HTTP proxy found
No explicit bind address set
Testing HTTP outbound
Test successful
Testing TCP outbound
Test successful
Testing UDP outbound
Test successful
Testing TCP port 56912 inbound
Test successful
Testing UDP port 56912 inbound
Sending outbound packet and waiting for reply probe (timeout=5000)
Sending completion event
Test successful

However, further down that test two fail lines appear;
Outbound connection fail: end of stream on socket read

and after the Outbound Leecher/Seed reports;
No incoming connections received, likely NAT problems

My current total throughput is about 22 kB/s and at full chat over the last few years I would consider 210 kB/s a normal. I have set upload speed on auto and it has settled at 10K. Is there any diagnostic function in Vuze that could help me shed light on the slow throughput?

Thanks again for your detailed consideration of this problem.


Vuze Help: Installing The Mainline DHT Plugin 6 years 11 months ago Timbo

Brilliant - thanks to your sensible advice I'm now back to full speed, all green smileys on downloads and good balanced overall speed spread between each torrent.

I'm so glad you agree that the Vuze Auto-Speed settings are unreliable. I've never found them to work properly for years, on ADSL installations they auto-swallow way too much of the upload bandwidth, thereby compromising the available headroom for the re-send/confirm signals of the downloads. So the downloads end up slower than if one had set the speed oneself. I've set it manually at about one-third of my usual very best upload speed and it's just fine.

IMHO some of the Vuze-related info + set-up pages should be updated with clearer guidance. The Port Selection procedures (especially for Mac owners) should be clarified as the extra 49001 port also needed by UDP doesn't figure prominently.

The Mainline plug-in has bedded-in well. I'm seeing 47 million IPv4.

Many thanks again.


Site Suggestions and Feedback 7 years 8 months ago timedriver

Thanx in advance.....In your article about Malware and downloading TDSSkiller you fail to mention that you might have to disable your Norton or other utilities.When trying to download tdss I got an error message basically stating that the program is unrecognizable or unknown and a possible threat.

How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns 7 years 3 months ago TimeServed

Thanks for a very useful article! About those pesky Flash cookies....

After I first read this article, I selected the option to "Block all sites from storing information on this computer". Previously, it was set to "Ask". (Mind you, it never did Ask, so I've relied on Flash Cookies Cleaner -- which I believe is no longer available?) I had cause to re-read the article today and went to verify my Flash settings. It had gone back to Allow. So I re-set it to Block.

Pondering on possible causes, I saw that I'd installed a Flash update between my two readings of the article. Maybe the update imposed default settings? Half an hour later, having decided to post a comment, I checked my Flash settings. They'd all reverted to the defaults! I altered them again, waited another half-hour, and re-checked. This time, they were as I'd set them. One final point: rather than allowing Flash to automatically install updates, as your article suggests, I prefer to have it Ask. But, as it never does Ask, I must periodically check for updates.

Is it me, or is it Flash? My OS is WinXP SP3; I access the Flash control panel as administrator; my firewall allows Adobe Flash full internet access both in/out.

Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility 2 years 5 months ago timfisher

I have used Bitwar Data Recovery,30 days free trial with no spyware,malware,completely virus free.
Worth a shot. 

Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2020 5 years 7 months ago timoti

Is there a best free Calendar for Android e.g. something that would sync with Outlook 2007's Calendar on my Windows 7 laptop?

Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 4 years 2 weeks ago Tingla

FreeFileSync suits my needs. I find it easy enough to use and it has a pretty simple and intuitive GUi. I've used it on and off for years and always keep coming back to it. I like it so much I donated $20 to the developer.

Unfortunately that payment does not include upgrades. If I do upgrade to any future versions it reverts to the bundleware version, so I'm sticking with version 8.3 indefinitely.

It's a pity they don't just provide a "Pro" version that includes all future upgrades.

Added:- If the pop-up nag to update annoys just add the following two lines to the host file:

Happy update/calling home to mother-ship blocking:)

Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 3 years 3 months ago Tingla

Currently seems to be a problem finding home website of FreeFileSync. The Help tab within the program results in unable to connect and if you follow the download link given here it takes you to SourceForge. There is a link there but that also results in "Unable to connect". I've had the program since version 8.3 but occasionally go to the website to consult the manual. There are a few blogs about the program but there not quite as good as the developers proper manual.

Maybe it's a temporary issue or maybe the project has been terminated.

Based on comments of others here I thought I'd give Synchredible a try. However my "go to" file download site, Softpedia, only seems to have the commercial version. A search found the developers site and they do have a "Free for private purposes" file to download.

Best Free Voicemail Service 4 years 2 weeks ago Tingla

K7 dot net closed its service in 2016.

Also could not find laser voicemail so they may have closed down also.

Could not find any FREE alternatives :(

Best Free VPN 3 years 5 months ago Tingla

Why no mention of Opera browser with built in VPN. It's very easy to use, reliable, reasonably fast and seems to have no data limit. I've been using it since Opera released it and have never had a problem. I wouldn't use it for any online financial transactions but for anything else it's fine. Just wish other browsers (I prefer Firefox) would emulate Opera.

I subscribed to a paid service for a month but couldn't see any benefit from it over what Opera provides, so I didn't renew my subscription.

What's Hiding In Your Windows Logs? 4 years 3 months ago Tingla

Just a thought regarding files too large for VirusTotal. Would it be possible to split such files in half and then upload each section?

Anyone tried this workaround?

Update - Out of curiosity I used 7-zip to split a 160M exe file and had VirusTotal test it. No problems. Don't know if the recombined file would still work though.

Best Free Screen Session Recorder 6 years 1 month ago TinSoldier

Also oCam auto checks for new versions on start-up ( often called "calling home" ),

If a new version is available it also downloads and installs it... all without your control to stop it. and no option to disable update checking or installation.

PS Anyone using skype may have noticed it also auto checks for new versions ( which i call updates) even thought i have update checking in options `unchecked`. This doesn't surprise me coming from MS, to ignore user options.

Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 5 years 11 months ago tinydancingcat

Just an update here on the SPYBOT listing. SPYBOT no longer provides real-time protection!

You have to buy SPYBOT to get that perk. Spybot will allow malware and spyware to access your computer in the free-ware version. It will only be removed if you scan your system and find it.

Bummer! SPYBOT use to be top of the line. But now they won't protect unless you pay.

Microsoft is changing their Terms of Use and Privacy Statement 6 years 5 months ago tiorbinist

Microsoft has been using this kind of ploy for years in their EULA. How many remember the shrink-wrap license? The license was inside the box, and said, if you broke the shrink-wrap, you agreed to the terms. Didn't stand up in court.

Likewise, a one-sided agreement like this won't stand up to the first serious effort to try it in court. That'll cost someone some money, which is what they're hoping for: as long as no one establishes a precedent for a "you must agree not to sue us with a[n instrument of some type that is legal] or you can't use our software] (like a RICO action against Microsoft), the courts will simply say "well, it's right there in black and white. They even warned you of it in bold letters at the top." and uphold it.

If this wording makes you uncomfortable, get legal advice. If your legal advice says you can't afford to defend yourself against it, don't use it. Get Ubuntu, and forget Microsoft exists, which may be a good idea anyway.

If you like being treated like this, over and over, well, that's what Microsoft makes their money off.

Microsoft is changing their Terms of Use and Privacy Statement 6 years 5 months ago tiorbinist

Nope. Sounds like time to confer with your lawyer (as a consultant, you should have legal assistance on retainer, right?) and find out just how bad this is. After all, if microsoft screws up, and deserves a class action response, the new clause is going to be the lynch pin of their defense.

Your lawyer should have a better position on it than I do. I'm just an irritated test engineer, who has been irritated since the first Microsoft box with a shrinkwrap-agreement on it. That one died an appropriate death the first time it was challenged. But your Lawyer will know if your clients need to be dealt with any differently because of it, and if you need to change the way you support them in light of it, or if, indeed, it is indefensible, and can be ignored safely.

Microsoft is changing their Terms of Use and Privacy Statement 6 years 5 months ago tiorbinist

A) Windows 9? Not to be completely disdainful, but Windows 9 is not likely to be better, based on Microsoft's trends. Windows 8, after all, was designed to be hard to use for folk like us, but to target the grannies and Joes. If they were on the button, 8.1 and 8.1 update 1 wouldn't have put so much desktop functionality back (or it would have put a darn sight more!)
B) Which linux distro? I doubt you'll ever be free of windows. I will never be free of it, heck, I'm in a business where windows CE 6.0 still has a major footprint.
C) Your clients don't need to worry, as far as I can tell: the problem is yours: you recommend software that works on windows and hardware that supports it. If Microsoft messes things up enough that your clients lose money, _their_ lawyers (and even if they don't have them, they'll get them fast enough) are potentially customers for a class action against you. According to Microsoft's new agreement, though, you and other integraters/resellers/OEMs can't refocus that class action on Microsoft, which is hardly fair if Microsoft causes the problem. They are looking to you to read and analyze uSoft's EULAs and Agreements for them, and you will bear the responsibility.
D) I class you as one of the bravest of the brave. I have had my turn at trying to support mom & pop small businesses who are adopting computerized records. Wow, it was a lot harder than tuning pianos! You have my respect. Just be sure that you don't have Microsoft's respect, and do be sure you have talked to your lawyer. This agreement seems to have the purpose of forcing litigation down the food chain to your level, certainly in uSoft mistakes that would lead to a class action.

The Fastest Text Editor I've Ever Seen 6 years 3 months ago TisJoanie

Rob and others:
The download works fine. However, this does not Run on a 32 system.
Just a heads up for you.
Looks interesting but doesn't work on this 32 bit xp windows.
Have a good day folks!

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I have the Google trends app for my iPad and love it! Memorizing is a good word for it, I could stare at it forever. I'll def have to check these sites out, they look sweet.

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Yes, it is like Turbo Pascal 3. See this page for more details, and limitations: