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Best Free Antivirus Software 5 years 4 months ago weltall

Trust online is something harder to get than it is in real life for sure. I am not paranoid myself when it comes to tests, but I never cared enough if one antivirus has 10 and the other 5 labs points. There are plenty sources that show more detailed tests, which feel more trustworthy, since there are details. Indeed though knowing what the test tool does is something that would help us, not so much understand, but see results as even more trustworthy.

For better or worse, some malware do not hide only in virtual environments, but also are able to hide in the system and stay inactive, waiting for a chance when for whatever reason the antivirus will not be active and sneak up on the user.

All antivirus tools have some misses and quite some of them have a good killing ability. I am not sure if Avira is still one of the best, but that one and Bitdefender seem to prefer to hit more false positives, so they they will miss less viruses, rather than being more lax and miss more viruses.

Of course nowadays, at least to me that I am an experienced user, antiviruses all feel the same to me. [Commercial product reference removed as per site rules]

With that said though, Antiviruses are not anymore the perfect shield. Users should definitely use a browser addon to add a first wall of protection, be it like me an adblocker or any other addon, that can block malware and afar from that use occasionally an antimalware solution.

Although this is not the "Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover" list, I wonder why in the current one tools like RKill, TDSSKiller, AdwCleaner and Junkware Removal Tool are not mentioned, at least in a "products that are worth mentioning" list.

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Best Free File Copy Utility 5 years 5 months ago weltall

Windows XP support stopped one and a half year ago. Creating new software that supports an OS that has been abandoned by the company that created and developed it, is weird. I do not say that since XP are gone they should be forgotten. V2 IMO works just fine and I have and I am using it for many long years now. But why would they create a new piece of software and afar from windows 7, 8 and 10 they would have to give support and fix bugs on an abandoned OS? I do not understand why there should be given a warning, when Windows XP are no more.

PS: I still use Windows XP on one of my laptops, since it can't work well with anything else. I am though using logic, rather than personal needs about my old system.

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Best Free File Copy Utility 5 years 5 months ago weltall

Probably because it is not specifically for copying. I mean sure there are image editors that are great image viewers, but to suggest one as an image viewer, to a person that would not like the extra image editing capabilities, would be weird. At least to me.

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Best Free File Copy Utility 5 years 5 months ago weltall

I have used fast copy only twice in my life, so I can't remember precisely how the interface looks. I do remember though that when I used it to copy, it did give me an option to tick to calculate the estimated time of arrival, which twice I did not use, since I would leave the PC open and leave. Maybe you have not checked that option?

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Best Free File Copy Utility 5 years 4 months ago weltall

As a past used for Ultracopier I can tell you that it can actually verify checksums if you want it to, like Fastcopy and Teracopy. The only one I can't talk about is unstoppable copier. Used it only once to test it and never again in the past. All three of the programs though need the user to actually go by himself/herself and activate that option.

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Best Free File Copy Utility 5 years 4 months ago weltall

After a short test between Ultracopier and Teracopy, I have to admit that Ultracopier is faster. Even though if it is faster, I still hate the delay it has when it starts to copy something.

Be it a lot of small files or large files, when I compared the two, Ultracopier was much faster, with both of them have activated the checksum test. Actually, Ultracopier does not seem to get much if any at all slower when the checksum test is activated. It does make me feel a bit uneasy that is passes it so fast, but then again, I doubt they would add such an option without it being working right.

Even though Ultracopier in speed is better, I still abhor how when I try to copy/move any kind of files, even if it is a shortcut or a textfile less than a kb, I have to wait for a couple of seconds before Ultracopier will decide to work. If I rush it and start moving a lot of small files around at the same time, the app goes in a "not responding" state, and I have to wait a bit more.

Most of my everyday move/copy actions are of smaller files and I definitely prefer to wait longer when I transfer really large files, rather than have to wait for the copy program to every time start the copy.

If anything I prefer to have teracopy to replace my windows default copier and use another copier for special cases of really huge transfers. The reason I post this is because Ultracopier gets 5 stars and absolutely no negatives.

As a sidenote, I am using an SSD, so it is not my HDD taking it's time.

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Best Free BitTorrent Client 5 years 11 months ago weltall

I have lost 20+ giga of a download only because qbittorrent kept seeing it as "files missing when it either went idle or I stopped it manually. It would continue from where it left off after it started again but after I restarted my computer the file was gone. Quite buggy, but still good because of the lack of ads that makes μttorent feel bulky to me nowadays.

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Best Free BitTorrent Client 5 years 5 months ago weltall

I have before pointed out how qBittorrent made me lose 20+ giga of files because of a bug and actually before that it would crash a lot. For the last 2 months I decided to try it again, because of it's attractive simple interface that reminded me of the good old μTorrent days.

As of now I can say qBittorent is awesome. I like the UI more than Tixati's that feels more rough and less simplistic and if anything I just want it to download my torrents and not care if Tixati does it in a different way. That is though with me having a 10mbps (1.2MBp/s) connection, so I can;t really talk about people that either have a really slow or much faster connection.

STILL though, I do not think qBittorrent is better than Tixati, I just feel and believe it is more simple and that is all. One feature I really miss from Tixati when using qBittorrent is how with Tixati had 9 different priority choices, which was really nice to have when I would download torrents with a large amount of files and I wanted to separate into many different priorities. Sadly qBittorrent has only 3. Also it had a LOT of choices when it came to setting the bandwidth and seeding for each file if you wanted, in case you wanted to do that.

For people that want more advanced options, especially uploaders, 100% Tixati. For users that just want to add downloads and do not care how they work or they are not computer savy qBittorrent.

Sadly Vuze is in my far past, when it was still Azureus and I still remember how dumbfound I was with it's awesome UI. uTorrent now, for me, joined Vuse, being a great torrent client of the past. Even people that still love it, seem to prefer to use the 4 year old 2.2.1 version, rather than use the latest 3+.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 5 years 5 months ago weltall

Pictures is the only thing I do not use searchmyfiles for. I use VisiPics that compares the pictures visually too and has a slider to adjust how much the searcher should be strict or loose about his choices, that can range from choosing pictures that have a lot of the same background color (like all pictures that have a lot of white or a lot of black) to pictures that must be completely identical with each other. Recolored pictures can be found as duplicates too. Playing with the slider needs a bit of testing, but it is the best program I know of.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 4 years 9 months ago weltall

Although it has been a long time since I installed Comodo, I was sure there is an option to choose what to install, which for me always did not include the annoying GeekBuddy.

I honestly was on with PrivateFirewall, until in messed up a handful of my computers. The computer would start and it would give me a black screen. I looked it up and tried to fix it, but I never found a solution. Had to format my PC for that. Keep in mind I do not say something like "OMG THEIR PROGRAM DESTROYED MY PC! DEFINITELY A VIRUS! DO NOT INSTALL!". I usually laugh at people that exaggerate like that. But it did it 5 times, 3 being on my main PC.

I returned to Comodo mostly cause I am used to it and I know where to go and what to adjust to make it work. Just to check it out I just downloaded the installer of Comodo Internet Security. Seems the option is still there when you install it.

When the installer starts, on the bottom left there is a customize option. You click that and you can enable and disable what you want. I used to disabled only GeekBuddy in the past, but now I disable Chromodo too, since I use Comodo Dragon instead. But the option is still there to disable what you want.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 4 years 9 months ago weltall

Software always will give problems. That does not make them bad. Definitely Comodo always had and probably still have issues with BSODs and you can see so in their main site too. Obviously a lot of them happen because of conflicts though, rather than just the product. Of course updates do not happen without reason too.

I had a black screen problem with Private Firewall and not only once, but I remember it happened always when I did something specific. But either way, I have been using Comodo Internet Security for many years now and I do not get problems from it. It runs along MalwareBytes Antimalware with no problems and it is fine.

But I agree. Definitely not for someone that wants to start it up and forget it.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 5 years 5 months ago weltall

Zip tools are not usually if at all to blame. The best though program I had to open archives was indeed 7zip. When it says the path is too long it can mean a handful of things, which one of them is really being the path name being too long. Remember the limit of the filepath name is 250-260 characters and when you use the zip programs they count the whole length, including the folder name.

So if you have backed up things and they are in a folder called "Omg this is a really large name that have 150 character" and the file name is another 150 characters, normally windows will not have a problem to read them, but when you try to copy or unzip them, it tries to read the full length of it and it goes over the 250 character limit.

If you do not get it, just try to copy things from your zip, directly on your c: drive, rather than in a folder. That will help Windows to be able to read it.

Paying will not really help, if that is your problem.

There is no bullet proof program from file corruption. Sure you can add a % of security, which will help a bit from file corruption, but if a file gets damaged for whatever reason, nothing can really fully save it. Your problem does not seem corruption though, so again I doubt paying for it will help.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 5 years 5 months ago weltall

I am not sure if the mods read these comments, but I feel IZArc should be removed from the list. Not only it is as bad as it can, but it comes bundled with opencandy too. My problem was not the opencandy per se, as much the fact that even if I denied the installation of the advertisement programs, my antimalware program caught IZArc running the opencandy installer as soon as I declined them. I have wrote here http://alternativeto.net/software/izarc/reviews/ there reasons that this program should be avoided at all costs.

As of now Peazip seems to be the best all around program to have. It's interface seems nice, as always has been and the only problem I have is that I can't drag and drop items from within an archive on another, without having to first unzip the one I want to take the items from. Also I can't drag and drop items on the desktop. But these are minor things. I do not want to make a huge pose here on how I feel, but I will just say that Peazip does it all. I have wrote a large post about why it is worth having over the others here http://alternativeto.net/software/peazip/reviews/ for anyone that cares to read it. I explain why I like it and even compare it to 7zip/winrar/freearc.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 5 years 5 months ago weltall

Indeed, since I was one of the people that hated IZArc the most about the hidden open candy, I can tell that i tried this version and it had none.

IZArc still says on it's pages that it supports ARC archive and still does not support it. Thus they simply say they support all these formats, when they do not. Just in case it will be said that "this is just one of the one it says it supports" I will say that they can simply have lied about any of the other ones too. I call it a lie, because like I mentioned on a review I made on alternativeto, freearc has not been updated for year and IZArc, especially now, has just been updated, which means it is a lie. That or the company does not give a care about what they say they support.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 5 years 5 months ago weltall

IZArc then advertises it supports the original ARC archive, which it's era as it seems was over 20 years ago and it is the original ARC archive, where Peazip advertises it supports the non original ARC archive, that people nowadays do use, considering it is one of the best data compression method. I am not saying that just from personal experience, which indeed freearc archives do compress data better, but if you use wikipedia to look up freearc, you will see that it is even better than the current best and popular LZMA2 method of 7z.

Although I take it back about IZArc lying then and I am really sorry. I better change my review on alternativeto too. IZArc unique supported files seem to be as it advertises CD/DVD Image files and from a quick look through them, a couple of older and maybe newer formats. Also encoded email archives and a couple of more. Here is a list of the unique ones If something is missing, it is because I tested it with Peazip and it opened it;

A - The Unix AR archive files?
ARC - Original widely used before 20 years
B64 - Binary usable by usenet only
BH - ZipTV archive
BIN - I tried 5 BIN files and it did not show any content in them. Creating my own worked, so it works.. kind of.
BZA - IZArc's archive
C2D - Roxio CD Image
CDI - Uhmmm, CD image. Not sure by what used.
ENC - I do not know
GCA - compression format created in 2000 by Shin-ichi Tsuruta
GZA - IZArc's archive
HA - Used by an old HA Archiver.
IMG - CloneCD if I remember right?
LIB - Tried it on a handful LIB files and it did not work.
MDF - Alcohol CD Image
MBF - I do not know
MIM - eMail compression archive?
PDI - Pinnacle Systems' InstantCopy DVD iamge
UUE - used for email encoding?
XXE - a third email archive for encoding
YZ1 - used by an older Yamazaki ZIPPER
ZOO - old compression format, predecessor of the ARC archive.

These are the ones that are not supported by Peazip at least and I tested some of the CD/DVD images and indeed they worked. It makes it an awesome tool if you want to extract CD image files without having to install a virtual DVD program. for at least the images it can open. For that use, I salute it and indeed before a handful of years, in the age that everything were in such format, I would call it an awesome tool to extract these images, but still mounting them with Daemon tools and extracting them that way was never that hard.

I am still though being bitter for a couple of reasons. First is that it is meant to be a piece of software that will replace any archiver since it can handle "everything". I just installed it and tried it just to see if the new version changed anything but the removal of the opencandy.

A test with IZArc and 7z format, LZMA2 - Solid Archine gave me an error of being unable to compress the selected files http://i.imgur.com/AalANWq.png and with just LZMA2 became unresponsive and I waited for 4-5 minutes and then I gave up http://i.imgur.com/QyBYQUG.png. Even more annoying is that every time you choose to compress some things, it will revert to it's default ZIP format, although if you open the program and go to options, you can change the default to another format, so it is not so bad. Peazip managed to work with LZMA changed to 2and zipped as good as 7Zip and thankfully it remembers the lase used archive type, rather than needing to have a set default.

Obviously I can see IZArc can't replace the currently most famous archiver , which is 7z. Peazip on the other hand can kind of replace it, because it can indeed use the same compression methods and unlike IZArc that has hardly any options when compressing. Peazip has the same options 7zip has, in case someone wants to change them to something different AND if you change the options, it will remember them in the next times you will use it , until you will change it to something else. Actually it gives an option to the user, to select a bunch of folder/files and compress each of them in a separate archive, something sadly the original 7-Zip does not offer. I am not saying Peazip is better than 7-Zip, because 7-Zip is still much more stable and fast when handling it's own format. But at least it does not tell to the user it cant compress the files when LZMA2 with a Solid Archive is used, which has been the norm for 7z for a long while now. It even hangs when LZMA2 is used and it does not give different compression levels for it.

From a quick look on Wikipedia as you pointed out, Peazip supports a lot of formats like IZArc, with either of them supporting some the other does not. Considering all that and that Peazip has a better interface, support 7z format really good and supports not just opening but also compressing in the non original ARC format, which is used widely nowadays, I would say that IZArc seems to be doing something wrong

IZArc needs to at least fix it's support on the main file archive it supports, rather than choosing as a default the Zip format. Zip format is indeed is indeed the most common, considering windows support that out of the box, but it is not special, since any file archiver supports that.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 5 years 5 months ago weltall

I am Greek and English is definitely not my main language >.> If anything, it is all Greek to people I talk to. The reason I wont try to reach out is become to begin with I do not like the interface. Peazip was bundled with Opencandy first time I have found it and actually malwarebytes would delete the whole install file. I did post that in the forums, along with other people that complain and the opencandy was removed. But that is because I liked how Peazip worked and looked. IZArc does not feel like it has a friendly UI at all. Plus I am content with the progress of Peazip. Quite unstable still and I always check file integrity with it afterwards, but it is advancing all the time.

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Best Free Disk De-fragmenter 5 years 4 months ago weltall

Is the MyDefragGui found on http://www.mydefrag.net/ the same as the MyDefrag mentioned on here, but with different user interface?

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Best Free Image Viewer for Android 5 years 3 months ago weltall

Even if late I wanted to point out the Gallery was made by Cooliris, which currently has been bought by Yahoo. Not sure if Google jsut did not want to pay 3rd party anymore or whatever, but now they do not have anymore the rights on it, since it's part of yahoo. I remember an app called Cooliris, which I am guessing it's from the same company. But the last version was definitely not 4.2.2.

Gallery on the other hand has not been public for a long time. But there is no Gallery 4.2.2. You are probably getting that number from the Jelly Bean version 4.2.2. In turn the last Gallery like that should be 4.4.2 by now.

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The Faster Way To Copy Files 5 years 5 months ago weltall

I too have been using TeraCopy for years, since I first found out about it on Hiren's Boot CD, which was used for the Mini Windows XP it had integrated. I have tried other copiers, with this being the best for me. Ultracopier is the second I used the most and even if it indeed copy large files faster or does large quantity of files a bit faster than TeraCopy, it crashed with me in the couple of months I used it more times that TeraCopy has crashed for all the years I have been using it. What's worse, which was the worst part about it for me, is that when it would initiate, it would take a while before start moving files. I am guessing it somehow prepares so the copy becomes faster, but if you do a lot of small moves, that delay can become annoying, or at least it became for me.

Considering I want a copier that totally replaces the Windows one and is not just good for whenever I move large quantity of GBs, I decided to remain with TeraCopy. Just to clarify, I do not use v3. v3 gave me a hard time by crashing a lot and not working right. v2 is the one I have been using and still use.

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The Faster Way To Copy Files 5 years 5 months ago weltall

If you want reliability, I can only speak for what I use. Get Teracopy and after installing go to it's Preferences and check "Always test after copy." It will make the whole thing slower, but at least you will know your files on both locations are exactly the same.

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The Faster Way To Copy Files 5 years 5 months ago weltall

Speed over anything else probably. Considering Windows copy lacks that by default (not sure about windows 10), I guess no copier thinks it is needed either XD They probably prefer to let the program be as speedy as possible, and let users use that as an extra option, rather than have users call the software slow, not caring that this happens because it makes sure the files are safely copied.

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 5 years 2 months ago Wendell

Comodo Backup Registration problem

I was unable to Register for the "FREE 10 GB Online Storage account". I repeatedly received "Oops! An error occured. Please try again later." just to the right of the Register button on the page.

I have tried for days, with Chrome and IE, with the same result.

Suggestions?

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 6 years 5 months ago Wendell

I vote for HotKeyP.

HotKeyP meets all of my needs including superseding native Windows Win+ key assignments. It is light weight and simple.

Thanks to Stamimail for the recommendation.

What I like in a Hot Key Utility is that ability to supersede native Windows Win+ key assignments.

I had been using WireKeys (https://code.google.com/p/wiredplane-wintools/) for years. Other than occasional cursor changing to a dot, it is great. It has many other features, but I seldom use them.

PS Hot Launch VVL and WinHotKey are OK, but neither can supersede native Windows Win+ key assignemnts.

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Safe Computing in Under an Hour 7 years 1 month ago Wendell

Your link to "Nimi Cleanser" is a dead end (Chrome Web Store: not found). I found "Nimi Web Cleanser" here "http://mynimi.net/Projects/Nimi-Web-Cleanser/". Because it is not in the Chrome Web Store, it will not install.

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How to Merge Multiple PDF Files Into One PDF Document for Free 1 year 10 months ago Wendell

Split function is operational as explained in Help and in Readme.pdf. Enter desired subset of pages in the "Pages" column.

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What's Eating All My RAM? 5 years 6 months ago Wendra

Terrific! I was looking for something such as this program. I'll check it out today. Thanks so much.

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Jazz up Your Windows Desktop with this Excellent Free Program 5 years 5 months ago Wendra

Awesome! Thanks for this recommendation. I'm excited to try it.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 5 years 5 months ago Wendra

MS has been trying to force their Win10 files onto my system, however, I've never inferred at all, not even an inkling, that I'd want Windows 10 & I'd been removing files whenever I could. This week, Windows displayed an update dialogue box with no apparent way of closing it. As well. it kept asking me to commit to an update date. I'd even tried 2 different Task Managers & couldn't get it off my screen. GGGRRR!!! After research, I opted to install some free software called GWX Control Panel which could disable the Win10 updates. I really resent that these companies & others, such as browsers, don't give us more choices but arbitrarily decide things such as what level of security & which products should be placed onto our systems. I'm now going to check out Linux Mint so thanks to all the other posters for this recommendation & information. It's very much appreciated by yet another disgruntled long time Microsoft user. Adios Windows! Can't really say I'm going to miss you. LOL

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Want To Learn Microsoft Office? These Top-Class Training Manuals Are Free. 7 years 4 months ago wepopew

I have three user account on a Windows XP machine.
I have corrupted the User Accounts.
>> Control Panel, User Accounts, get "wrong number of arguments or invalid property assignment"
Result, cannot change password picture, or security level on any of the three users.
Any helps?

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How to Fix an Annoying Windows USB Problem 4 years 5 months ago Weshtery

I had a similar issue. After upgrading my desktop PC from Windows 7 to Windows 10, on boot it would be pot luck whether my keyboard, mouse or wacom tablet would work. Sometimes they'd work fine, othertimes one would work but not the others. The only solution was a restart - occasionally a hard restart due to having no other options available, after which they would all work again.

Your solution worked for me, and continues to, three or four weeks after I found your page. Thanks Vic.

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FairStars CD Ripper 4 years 2 weeks ago wesley65

I downloaded the program you recommended but with the cd in, it detects no files. Yet I am viewing the "Track01.cda" file in my explorer window. I refresh the list and reinstall the cd in the player but no files appear in the list. Is there something wrong with my initiation of this application? When I put the cd in it begins to play automatically.

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Best Free Notes Organizer 7 years 9 months ago wesman

It would be nice if Cinta Notes had the feature of storing images. After all, as they say, a picture is worth a million words.

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Best Free Notes Organizer 5 years 1 week ago wesman

I had used Notesholder under Windows 7, and have gone to Windows 10. After going Windows 10, it seemed Notesholder still worked. Then I had to reset, and consequently reinstall Notesholder. While reinstallation went off without a hitch, the software no longer launches upon startup curiously. Any ideas why this is the case?

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Enterprise-Grade Security Software. For Free. 5 years 3 months ago wesman

From the link, it also appears Sophos calls for access to personal files. Maybe somewhat of an issue for some gents.

Cheerio!

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 7 years 5 months ago wesnsw

Be warned Foxit will install a cloud connection

I just installed Foxit Reader 611 and got a free cloud connection. It was installed without questions or options. Then I could find no way of removing it or turning it off.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 7 years 5 months ago wesnsw

Thank you mr6n8, your suggestion works. I have used Foxit reader for many years for its quick loading and snappy performance.

Actually I didn't have a uninstall entry for it in my control panel but installing Foxit a second time created one so I could do as you link suggests.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 5 months ago West Swan

Hello,

It is interesting that you recommend Microsoft Security Essentials for average users.

Windows Secrets, the website that Gizmo used to be a senior editor of, says that it is really only suitable for 'geeks' and those who use safe surfing practices. For average users they recommend other antivirus.

http://windowssecrets.com/langalist-plus/questions-about-ms-security-ess...

Oh yeah, I'm not saying you or they are wrong, just pointing out that even experts differ in their opinions :-)

I for one use Avast. I make sure to change all the settings so that it asks me first before deleting or repairing or quarantining infected files etc.

Cheers,

Paul

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 5 years 11 months ago West Swan

Hello,

What do you think of the inbuilt backup and restore in Windows?

I've got Windows 7 and it seems fairly easy to use.

Regards,

Paul

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Best Free File Manager 8 years 1 month ago West Swan

Hi,

I got Windows 8 a couple of months ago and (with the use of third party programs) got my start button and dvd playing back.

Now I want to find a replacement for the new Ribbon like File Explorer. I've tried to make it my friend but I yearn for the good old Windows 7 or earlier days.

Which of these free file managers are most like that of Windows Explorer in Windows 7 please?

I'm old and I do things automatically which is why I "fixed" Office as well :-)

Ta very much.

Paul

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Best Free File Manager 8 years 1 month ago West Swan

Actually, if I could just get the Windows 7 Windows Explorer to work in Windows 8 that would be the nicest option :-)

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Best Free File Manager 8 years 4 weeks ago West Swan

Thanks for that. Will give it a try.

Pity there isn't a registry fix or batch file around that can do it :-)

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Best Free File Manager 7 years 11 months ago West Swan

Is it free? I could only see some trials.

Whoops I meant that as a response to the Free Commander recommendation :-)

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Best Free File Manager 7 years 11 months ago West Swan

Thanks for that :-)

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Best Free File Manager 7 years 5 months ago West Swan

That sounds like a good idea.

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 3 years 11 months ago West Swan

Hello,

I have around a dozen home DVD's that were converted via dubbing from VHS tapes about 5 years ago. The VHS tapes no longer exist.

They are in reasonable quality. I probably could have done a better job with one of those VHS to Digital devices you can buy. However a few jittery bits from a 30 year old tape is quite acceptable (and retro) :-)

I want to convert these DVDs now to mp4. I tried using Format Factory which I use for all my Video conversions but the resultant mp4 was awful. Kind of out of focus???

Anyhow I tried installing Freemake and both my antivirus and antispyware programs went into hyperdrive. I know that technically this product doesn't contain malware (ones definition of malware may be important here) but I gave up when both my security programs asked me to make an exception for it.

So basically I want to create an exact copy of whatever is on a DVD to an mp4 file (if that is possible). I want minimal to no loss during the conversion process and I want it to be a painless if not joyful experience :-)

Has anyone else done this with good results from DVD to mp4?

Cheers,

Paul

Anyhow

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 3 years 11 months ago West Swan

And the answer is - - - - - Handbrake.

Awesome results :-)

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Best Free Office Suite 7 years 11 months ago West Swan

Hello,

I am setting up an old laptop (Pentium m) with Windows 7

It runs fine even with only 1Gb of memory which it has.

However, Office (the Microsoft Variety) is quite slow.

All the person needs is to be able to open word, excel and powerpoint formats e.g. .doc and .docx

Which of these reviewed office suites would use the least memory, cpu etc in your opinion?

Regards,

Paul

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Best Free Office Suite 7 years 11 months ago West Swan

Awesome. Thank you :-)

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2021 7 years 1 month ago West Swan

Hello,

I am trying to fix an issue with a Sony Tablet S

Fortunately it has been rooted as I need to recover some deleted files from it.

My friends partner decided to 'play' with it.

Can you recommend a Freeware program to recover photos, contacts, messages, videos etc?

There are paid versions but I would rather not fork out any cash :-)

Regards,

Paul

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Best Free Video Cutter and Joiner 3 years 11 months ago West Swan

Hello,

Does anyone know if VOB Merge re encodes the Vob files?

I successfully merged 4 of them into a single file then used another program DVD2MPG to make an mpg file.

At this point (I believe) I haven't done anything that could lose data.

Regards,

Paul

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Best Free Windows 8 Start Menu Replacement 8 years 3 weeks ago West Swan

Hi Rick

I would have to disagree with you.

I persevered without a start button for a month before deciding to either get one or upgrade to Windows 7 :-)

I got one (a paid one albeit less than a cup of coffee for a lifetime of updates - can't list it here as it wasn't free)

If I had a touchscreen computer then maybe it would be ok.

My thought is that as all this functionality is there (but just hidden underneath) then MS could pop up a question during install asking the customer if they have a touch screen or if they use a traditional mouse and keyboard mostly.

The ability to switch back and forth would be great.

Another thing is that by default it is the Apps that open photos etc. Not the software programs I've gotten used to over the years and that work great e.g. Windows Photo Viewer. But in that case it is easy to set them how you want.

Regards,

Paul

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Best Free Windows 8 Start Menu Replacement 8 years 3 weeks ago West Swan

Hi Rick,

Agree with you totally re RT mode. I do like the weather 'app' though.

Other than that I do everything on the desktop albeit constantly getting popups on the top right saying something like "you have new apps that can do this" I just ignore them :-)

Cheers from rainy Perth, Australia.

Paul

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Wikipedia, But With A Modern Interface 6 years 8 months ago West Swan

Hello,

Firstly, thank you for this find which will be of use to many people I am sure.

I also think many people (including myself) will prefer the regular style without all the eye candy stuff.

But then again I kicked up a stink when the free fastmail service got taken over by Opera and they tried to 'modernise' the look and feel.

We won. They reverted back to having a 'classic' interface option.

Cheers,

An old bloke who thinks if it aint broke then don't fix it :-)

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Freeware Protection Against Accidental File Deletion 5 years 9 months ago West Swan

I was going to say that Recuva does not support EXT 4 or other Linux file systems but apparently as of 3 months ago it does. Not sure about Apple formatted portable drives etc. I keep all my recovery software on a Windows 7 (actually Windows 10 as of yesterday) computer and being able to work with different formats is great. Cheers, Paul.

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Best Modern PC Games 4 years 5 months ago West Swan

Hi George,

Are all these games freeware?

I assume they are but just thought I would check.

Regards,

Paul

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Free Commercial-Grade Antivirus For Your New PC 4 years 4 months ago West Swan

Hi Rick,

Can you please elaborate on what the "lite" OS Microsoft is going to release is?

I have a lot of old computers and an OS with similar system requirements to XP or even a bit higher would be a great thing.

Cheers,

Paul

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 4 years 2 months ago West Swan

Howdy,

Does it have a traditional menu bar?

I don't mean the 'gear' or anything like that.

I mean the bar that has "edit, view, History, Bookmarks, Tools" etc.

As an old fart I need this.

Cheers,

Paul

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Reminder: Check If Your Email Address Has Been Stolen Or Hacked 3 years 11 months ago West Swan

"The site will tell you if your details have been leaked. If they have, you'll need to change your passwords."

Hello, so what you are saying is if I have been 'pwned' then somebody somewhere has both my email address AND my password is that correct?

If it is just my email address that has somehow gotten out there then why should I change my password? Of course I know regularly changing a password is a good idea anyhow.

Cheers,

Paul

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Reminder: Check If Your Email Address Has Been Stolen Or Hacked 3 years 11 months ago West Swan

Hello.

I think I confused you sorry.

I didn't understand if being on this list (which I am) meant that somebody had JUST my email address or if they had my email address AND my password.

I of course have already changed my password just in case they had it as well as my email address.

Now if I start receiving lots of spam myself I will know my email address has been sold and change it. I'm sure my 12 contacts wouldn't mind :-)

Thanks again,

Paul

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Reminder: Check If Your Email Address Has Been Stolen Or Hacked 3 years 11 months ago West Swan

Thank you from another Aussie :-)

I already have a fake PayPal account for those times a website demands it (even sometimes for free software that was advertised on this site a couple of years ago).

That account is associated with a fake email address using a name that is difficult to tell if the person is male or female. I did that just for fun.

Cheers mate,

Paul (from rainy W.A.)

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Download 'Troubleshooting and Maintaining Your PC All-in-One For Dummies' Ebook Free For A Limited Time 2 years 10 months ago West Swan

All good. I have an 'email' and 'details' just for situations like this.

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Recover Product Keys From Your PC With This Free App 1 year 1 month ago West Swan

No problems with PUPs or the like here. Panda and Malwarebytes show the file to be clean.

There is a sponsored offer which nearly got me. Just click 'decline' and you will be right.

Cheers,

Paul

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Find the Passwords Internet Explorer is Storing On Your PC 6 years 11 months ago westnile

This is to by Anonymous on 31. May 2010 - 2:51 (50675) and all the other Nay Sayers

It WAS STATED that this is a older program and it will/might be detected by newer av or anti malware programs.

I have been in IT for 20 years building repairing cleaning viruses etc out of computers and Network Security.

The program IE Passview is completely safe all it does is read the registry entries for saved passwords and decrypts them so you can read them in plain text aka understandable stuff not letters and number jumbled together.

Before you complain especially when using a Microsoft product to scan with try reading everything fully.

Btw MS Security Essentials is junk just saying it never has been and never will be a reliable means of security just from my basic knowledge I could code something that would get past it try [commercial reference removed].

As for IE passview I have been working on a clients laptop and never have I run into a issue like this shes running windows vista home (i know pos OS) and IE 8 the registry entries are there for the saved passwords but IE passview does not show them I am stumped first time since I started doing this when I was 12, I am looking for other options
would it be possible for for me to set up a temp key logger that would capture it?
The way her laptop is setup as soon as you load the websites gmail or hotmail it instantly takes you to the clients inbox she is a older person and has many medical conditions thats making it hard for her to even try and remember the recovery information.

I am looking for any and all possible venues for me to retrieve her passwords so I can setup her new laptop for her.

Any and all help is appreciated (if you have negative thoughts keep them to yourself)

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 1 month ago wg1995

Which acceptable av uses the fewest resources, especially memory?

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A PDF Reader That's Portable And 20 Times Smaller Than Adobe's 5 years 6 months ago wg1995

Does this application also serve as a virtual printer for files, converting them to pdf in process?

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Using Windows Defender? An Easy Way To Get A Second Opinion. 5 years 4 months ago wg1995

Is it portable? Can I install it on a flash drive for use when I need it?

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Get This Top-Rated Backup & Recovery Program Free Through November 4 years 8 months ago wg1995

I cannot find a way to get a serial number for Paragon Backup 16. I registered an account at their home page but I don't see anywhere to obtain the serial number?

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Best Free Software for Linux 6 years 6 months ago Whale

Comix cannot possibly be best comic book reader as its development stopped years ago. MComix for example is a fork with several fixes implemented. But the best one is ACBF Viewer.
Project: https://launchpad.net/acbf
Wiki: http://acbf.wikia.com/
Screenshots: https://plus.google.com/photos/110989843476988874482/albums/569203509770...

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Got A Lenovo Laptop? You Need To Uninstall The Accelerator. 4 years 11 months ago whalewatcher

Does this just apply to their desktops and laptops, what about tablets?

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How to Create a Program Shortcut to Run Without the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 1 year 9 months ago WhataMack

This worked, and your help is greatly appreciated. But you know what else? Having to do this is insanely stupid, especially because Microsoft wants you to use the default (high) level of security. Every malware program I use allows for program exceptions. But of course, Microsoft has no clue when it comes to user ease-of-use.

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Best Free Music Creation Software 8 years 2 months ago whatisamatrix

And again. DarkWave Studio and LMMS are licensed under GPLv3, so it is free not only for private use, but also for commercial use.

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Tidy Your Desktop With A Tabbed Launcher 4 years 3 months ago whitedragon551

Untangle UTM marks this as malware. Be careful.

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Tidy Your Desktop With A Tabbed Launcher 4 years 3 months ago whitedragon551

Do you know what Untangle is? Its an enterprise level firewall and threat management appliance.

Untangle uses more than just Bitdefender. It also does web filtering based on heuristics and categories similar to OpenDNS.

Flagged as:

Host: www.stablauncher.com

URL: http://www.stablauncher.com/

Reason: Spyware & Questionable Software

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Tidy Your Desktop With A Tabbed Launcher 4 years 2 months ago whitedragon551

Bitdefender is not what flagged it. The web filtering flagged it as shown by my post. You were the one who came in to denigrate the report from a well known security appliance vendor as if you knew more than they did.

You attacked my original warning first by saying I didnt post enough evidence and when evidence is posted you say you are attacked. Clearly you are incapable of having a conversation online. Im sure there are safe corners available.

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Best Free PDF Tools - General 7 years 3 months ago WHiTe_aSH143

Excellent review!

Not sure if it's been pointed out yet or not, but you can "watermark" in PDFTK Builder. It's more cumbersome than toolkits that come with watermarking standard.

What I did to watermark was create a Word doc with the watermark I wanted and formatted it appropriately with line weights, font size, location on the document. Save it as a pdf.

Open up PDFTK Builder and select the Background/Stamp tab. Choose the Source PDF Document (the one to put the watermark in) then choose the Background or Stamp PDF Page (the watermark created in Word). Choose background or stamp then save it.

Like I said, more cumbersome than it has to be, but it can be done.

Enjoy!

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Gizmo's Exclusive: Want To Win This Superb $99 Security Tool? 4 years 1 day ago whizkidraj

Thank you so much, Rob. Always appreciate what you do for us. :)

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 7 months ago whycue

My new PC came with Windows 8 - are there any recommended free antivirus/antispyware programs I can use with it?

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Best Free Office Suite 8 years 2 months ago wickyd

Please note that your License Type of Unrestricted freeware for Kingsoft Office Suite is false.

Please read their EULA:

the "Product" is a personal edition software, it shall be used only in personal computers, and shall not be used in the computers of legal persons or other organizations (including but not limited to government agencies, companies, enterprises, other organizations, etc.; regardless of the organization is an economic organization or not; regardless of the organization's usage is for profitable purpose or not).

Therefore, if you run a company from home, and are looking for a free office suite, it can't be used. Unfortunately, it can only be used in your personal capacity.

Subsequently, I don't think it deserves your Top Pick award.

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 3 years 4 months ago wildlife

Wish you had left your article until tomorrow as feel quite depressed now for the start of the new year. Happy New Year to all that run this site and many thanks.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 4 months ago wildman

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

Thanks,
Wildman

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CCleaner 2 years 8 months ago wildman

Ever since CCleaner was bought by Avast and it started to track ones usage CCleaner has had to go bye bye. This is not a good thing as CCleaner was very popular.
Always,
Wildman

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Help Guard Your Online Privacy with this Nifty Firefox Add-On 7 years 6 months ago wildweaselkeeper

What version/versions of Firefox does this work with? Never mind; figured it out. I tried to install it on FF 15, but the current version requires a minimum of FF 19. I tried installing an older version (0.24), which is "Collusion", and it's in the Add-ons - Extensions list dialog, but it installed -disabled- and will not allow me to -enable- it. It did not offer me the traditional -Restart- and I'm guessing that when I close the browser and restart it "Collusion" will no longer be there. I'm very apprehensive about updating FF to anything above 15. I fiddled with FF 24 on my wife's computer; what a piece of junk.

Thank you v.laurie, very much, for the info.

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Save On Expensive Ink And Paper With A Free Browser Add-On 7 years 6 months ago wildweaselkeeper

I use a Firefox Add-on Extension simply named "Print Edit"; https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/print-edit/?src=ss. Just install and go.

It works great, especially on those receipts that want to add everything else on the page to the print document.

Try it; you'll like it. I especially like that you don't have to download or install anything on your computer.

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Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting 7 years 2 months ago wildweaselkeeper

Any time you have a tool like this with the collection of utilities it has you are going to get to get false positives. I've been using Nirsoft (NirSofer) utilities for many years and used to quite often get false positives with some of their utilities. I been using NirLauncher for a couple years now (something like that), also known as the Nirsoft or NirSofer Package, and if you scan it with just about anything like VirusTotal you will get false positives with it because of the utilities it contains.

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Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting 7 years 2 months ago wildweaselkeeper

Anyone know how FalconFour's Ultimate Boot CD compares with another one of the same name, (but not FalconFour's) found on this site: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com? Also found on SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ubcd/?source=navbar and also listed on Softpedia (as a Pick): http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Ultimate-Boot-C....

Just wondering if anyone is familiar with both? I will download both, when I have time, and see what differences there might be.

Thank You! In advance to anyone who may know about this.

Thank you Rob, for this post.

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Freeware Game of the Week (When your favorite Cartoon turned into a Free Game) 7 years 1 month ago wildweaselkeeper

I'm confused; you mention "Game Jolt" (GameJolt) "gamejolt.com", which your link does lead to, but then the links you display for the Pokeman Home page is "pokeman3d.net", but the link takes one to "kayin.pyoko.org/iwbtg" which is not Pokeman, at all, but "I Wanna Be The Guy" which is described as a nail-rippingly difficult platform adventure. The link displayed for the Pokeman Download is "pokeman3d.net/dowloads" which takes one instead to "http://gamejolt.com/games/action/i-wanna-be-the-guy-gaiden/8598" which is indeed on "GameJolt", but not the download for Pokeman, but for "I Want To Be The Guy"

After looking around on "GameJolt" I did indeed find the page for "Pokeman3D" with a download link "http://gamejolt.com/games/adventure/pok-mon3d/10545/#"

And I researched the addresses you displayed and they do indeed lead to a "Pokeman3D" site: http://pokemon3d.net and also the downloads page: http://pokemon3d.net/downloads.

Will the real "Pokeman3D" please stand up! Thank you, for the post.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 6 years 7 months ago wildweaselkeeper

I second that; my question exactly.

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A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux 5 years 1 month ago wildweaselkeeper

I tried flux; it sux. It's way too bossy.

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Try This Brilliant Free Photo Editor 5 years 1 month ago wildweaselkeeper

I don't usually care for cloud applications, but this doesn't require any personal information and unlike Picasa and Chrome, this is not a Google program. The only other company I trust less than Google is Microsoft. And I don't have to install it and use up drive space.

I kinda like this befunky program.

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Try This Brilliant Free Photo Editor 5 years 1 month ago wildweaselkeeper

Yeah, too bad. I didn't know that, but that's why I like Gizmo's so much; I learn something every time I visit the site.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 5 years 1 month ago wildweaselkeeper

Thanks for the Heads Up!

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Find Out Everything About Your PC 5 years 3 weeks ago wildweaselkeeper

I tried it on my XP system and it didn't work out so well. I'll stick with System Information for Windows (SIW) and the old AIDA 32; I'd buy the newest version if I could afford it, but I can't right now, so I'll stick with the old FREE version.

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Find Out Everything About Your PC 5 years 3 weeks ago wildweaselkeeper

Sure! I don't have a problem elaborating. I downloaded "Speccy Portable 1.29.714" from Softpedia. I installed it on my hard drive where I install stand alone programs; I need to buy a bigger, better Flash Drive, which I just may do Friday. In any case it wasn't until after I deleted it from my system that I realized that it may not have worked properly because I didn't place it on a portable storage device.

When I opened the program it would not update my CPU, Motherboard, or Storage devices either optical or logical (SATA); there were a few other things it would not update, but I don't remember what those things were.

I downloaded the portable version because Softpedia told me that the regular download of the current version was ad supported. I could have download version 1.25.674, but the portable version was the latest version and did not appear to be ad supported.

I have to admit that the version of "SIW" I use is an older version, about 4 - 6 years old; I'm financially handicapped and cannot afford it at this time.

I stay real busy because I take care of handicapped/disabled adults and that consumes huge amounts of my time. When I have some time I will go back and download version 1.25.674 and give that a go. After I get the new Flash Drive I will download and install the portable version and give it another go.

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Find Out Everything About Your PC 5 years 3 weeks ago wildweaselkeeper

Thanks, for that; it gives me more confidence in downloading and installing the current version - I'll go do that right now and will still give the portable version another shot when I get a bigger Flash Drive. And I'll come back with an update on how both the regular and portable versions work, for me.

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Find Out Everything About Your PC 5 years 3 weeks ago wildweaselkeeper

Everyone has an opinion about these kinds of things; as for me I don't trust all software authors sites. I do trust Softpedia; they guarantee their downloads to be free of malware and I've never had a problem with them. The times I have had a problem it has always been with an External Download and been the fault of the authors site. I will ad that I do trust the Pinform site, to a point, but I just default to Softpedia for all my downloads. I've tried countless download sites and Softpedia, in my opinion, is the best. On top of that they let me know when my installed software is updated: one of the biggest reasons I use Softpedia. I would consider myself a techie to the point that I know just enough to keep myself from getting in trouble, but when I get myself in trouble, not always enough to get myself out without having to ask for help. With that said I know a lot of Advanced Techies that swear by Softpedia, but everyone has their own opinion about these sorts of things.

I did download and install "Speccy 1.29.714"; it updated everything except my storage devices and audio. It does give me a pretty in depth look at my computer, except for Audio and Storage Devices.

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Time To Change Your Dropbox Password 4 years 8 months ago wildweaselkeeper

Personally, I got rid of "Dropbox" a long time ago, for the same reasons I ditched "facebook". But the main reason I came in here is to comment on "Rob's" contributions to what was once known as "Support Alert", now known as "Gizmo's Freeware" which is misleading because it is so much more than that.

I came in here to read "Rob's" article and after reading it the first thing I noticed is some nit wit's "one rating" of the article. I mean com'on; his articles at least rate a "three" for the time and effort he puts into them, and in many cases the research that goes into them before he writes them. Have I seen anyone else contributing? NO! But, time after time I come in here to see someone giving his articles the thumbs down.

I've found most of his articles informative, even if I'm not really interested in the program or topic he's writing about. I believe his effort deserves at least a three to start with. As for this article I believe we all need to be reminded from time to time about our passwords. And "Passwords" are something that do concern a large cross section of all the people who read these articles. While other articles may not be something that interests everyone that's no reason for a low rating. I think many of us lose track of what the rating system is for, not only here,. but across the NET.

If I wasn't a caretaker of handicapped/disabled, which consumes large chunks of my time, honestly just about all of my time, I'd be in here writing about different subjects of my limited knowledge so someone could give me a "one" rating. I'm sure my comment will get low ratings. Oh well. . . . . .

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Gizmo's Exclusive: Get This $29.95 Sync Tool Free If You're Quick! 4 years 7 months ago wildweaselkeeper

I can see how this could and can be useful to some, maybe many, but that's not my beef with it. My problem with this software is how it cements itself into the start menu without any way to get it out. This is not something I expect from a Software Vendor like Paragon. Uninstalled.

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This Digital Binder Is A Real Challenger For Microsoft OneNote 4 years 6 months ago wildweaselkeeper

you forgot to mention system requirements; it would have been nice to know that XP is not supported.

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This Digital Binder Is A Real Challenger For Microsoft OneNote 4 years 5 months ago wildweaselkeeper

Com'On Dude, because listing system requirements is SOP and that not only includes Windows OS, but also MAC & LINUX. This site used to mention system requirements not only in their "Best Freeware" lists, but with every article. I visit "Giveaway of the Day" almost every day; they list system requirements for every giveaway they offer. I use Softpedia almost exclusively for downloads and update/upgrade notifications; they list system requirements for every program on their servers. System Requirements is SOP.
As for XP; the last time I checked nearly fifty percent (50%) of Windows OS users where still using XP. Why? Because XP is hands down the best all around OS Microsoft ever developed. Why haven't I upgraded? Because I'm Financially Handicapped and I not only need a new OS, but a new computer which I have not been able to afford up to this point. And when I can afford it (put enough money aside to pay cash for it) I will upgrade to "Windows 7", but will also keep XP; you can keep Windows 8 & 10. If I want a mobile OS I'll get a Smart Phone or Tablet. You guessed it; I do not own a mobile device. As such I want an OS for my computer, not a mobile OS that I can use on my computer. Nuff said. My Considered Opinion.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 4 years 4 months ago wildweaselkeeper

Rob; I personally always find your articles/posts useful; not always the software, because if nothing else it motivates me to look for something better. I'll give "Greenshot" a try, but I also need to give a positive, thumbs up to "PicPick", been on my computer for a long, long time now. Also "IrfanView, not only for screen capture, but for so much more; "IrfanView" has been on my computer for way longer than most programs on my computer and through all the fancy Image Viewers that have succeeded it I keep going back to "Irfanview" the Swiss Knife of Image Viewers - my opinion of course.

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