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Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users? 4 years 9 months ago v.laurie Personally, I would not upgrade immediately. There is no rush. When Windows RTM comes out at the end of July, I suspect it will still have bugs. Let the dust settle for a couple of months and see what people are experiencing. If you are happy enough with Windows 7, you might even want to wait until it is time for you to buy a new computer. Then you can get Windows 10 already installed. Upgrades can be a hassle. view
Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users? 4 years 9 months ago v.laurie Yes, I saw that and updated the article a little while ago. Thanks. view
Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users? 4 years 9 months ago v.laurie You are right, of course. Thanks once more. view
Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users? 4 years 8 months ago v.laurie Microsoft has recently stopped new enrollments in the insider program. Whether they will re-open the program is unknown at this time. view
How to Get a Windows 7 Start Menu in Windows 10 4 years 8 months ago v.laurie Windows 10 will bring back some features of AeroGlass built in. view
This Gem Of A Freebie From Microsoft Creates Panoramas From Video Or Stills 4 years 8 months ago v.laurie

There was an article about this program a few months ago:

How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 4 years 8 months ago v.laurie The article is clear that removing or keeping Flash is up to the individual user. It says, "It is time to assess whether you should keep it." If you need it, that's your choice. It's clear that systems without Flash are more secure and the article gives ways to uninstall Flash for those PC owners who decide that they do not need Flash. If you want to keep Flash, that's your decision. view
How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 4 years 8 months ago v.laurie

Several of the comments ask questions about HTML5. HTML5 is the current standard markup language for web sites. Among other improvements, it contains support for multimedia. All modern browsers support it although Internet Explorer is not fully compliant. That means, for example, that video can be displayed seamlessly on web pages without any need for plug-ins or special APIs. The browser does the work of display. The PC user does not have to install anything extra. Many sites, including YouTube, are using HTML5. For more information, there is a Wikipedia article here:

How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 4 years 8 months ago v.laurie Usage patterns vary. I know many people who almost never need Flash. Your figure of 60% Flash reflects your particular interests. Also, anyone who uses mobile platforms will see far less Flash. Almost any web site that is designed these days is using HTML5. It is the current standard. view
How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 4 years 8 months ago v.laurie

If you need to use sites with Flash, then you might want to use a browser that has a plug-in or extension that lets you selectively enable and disable Flash. For example, NoScript for Firefox will let you block Flash except for the specific sites you want to use. There are also a number of general security suggestions in this article that are worth looking at. Also, be sure to update your Flash player every time Adobe releases another security patch.

Added later: Flashblock is another Firefox add-on. 

Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 4 years 8 months ago v.laurie

As I understand it, you don't have to install the upgrade as soon as it is downloaded to your system but can install later. Others are asking similar questions and some answers are at this Microsoft site

How to Get Your Previous System Back After You Have Upgraded to Windows 10 4 years 8 months ago v.laurie I haven't actually done it but I think you should be able to go back to Windows 7 with your system image. You probably have to do it with a bootable USB key or DVD since I suspect the image won't work directly from Windows 10 but I could be wrong. Be sure your PC will recognize whatever medium you are using. Another thing I don't know is how activation will work when you try to downgrade after the 30-day period. Your Windows 7 license is converted to a Windows 10 license when you upgrade. Microsoft licensing is always murky so it is conceivable that you might have to do a telephone activation. view
How to Defer Installing Updates in Windows 10 4 years 7 months ago v.laurie

You are right, Joe. This tool is of limited use but I thought it should be pointed out. Microsoft needs to come up with something better. Although (as you pointed out in the forum) those who have the Pro version of Windows 10 can use the Group Policy Editor to block updates, owners of the home version are up the creek if Microsoft botches an update.

Free Windows 10 Training Videos 4 years 7 months ago v.laurie

Rob, I confess I am puzzled by your request. I have recently written a number of tips about Windows 10. They cover a variety of topics and also include a list of articles to get more information.

Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 4 years 7 months ago v.laurie What is the source of your "understanding"? Do you work for Microsoft? Could you please document the exact purpose of the updates? Can you tell us what the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) actually does? How does the "experience' of a customer get "improved"? Wouldn't monitoring what the customer does be necessary in order to "improve" their experience? Labeling concerns as FUD without explanation is not helpful. Instead you could do the PC community a service by making it clear for average users what these updates are for. And no - vague terms like CEIP are not an explanation. view
What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 4 years 6 months ago v.laurie The upgrade is certainly optional. As the title says, this article applies only to those who reserved a copy of Windows 10 back in earlier days. If you reserved a copy, Microsoft assumes you want it. If you didn't specifically reserve a copy, you may be nagged to upgrade but nothing will be downloaded unless you agree to it. view
What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 4 years 6 months ago v.laurie

Well. it seems I was wrong to assume that Microsoft would not download Windows 10 unless you indicated you want it. It has been reported that anyone who gets Windows updates automatically may get Windows 10 downloaded to their system whether they asked for it or not. It doesn't get installed but it takes up a lot of space.

Increase Your Privacy by Turning off the Diagnostics Tracking Service in Windows 7 4 years 6 months ago v.laurie I should have mentioned that not everybody installed the Windows updates that created the service. They seem to have been KB 3075249, KB 3080149, and KB 3068708. You may have avoided them. Thanks for reminding me that not everybody will have the service. view
Increase Your Privacy by Turning off the Diagnostics Tracking Service in Windows 7 4 years 5 months ago v.laurie This sort of thing always requires administrative privileges but I have added a note to the article as you suggest. view
Five Useful Tips and Tweaks to Make Windows 10 Run Better 4 years 5 months ago v.laurie The build shown here is the stable build that everyone on the regular track has. If you are an insider you got build 10565 today. It does have a somewhat different start menu. view
Use This Free Spybot Utility to Block Microsoft Monitoring in Windows 4 years 4 months ago v.laurie

The home page for the program says, "Spybot Anti-Beacon comes in two flavours; as a standard installation or as a Portable Edition compatible with PortableApps." Can you give us a link to the stand-alone version 1.5?

Added later: OK, someone has pointed out the section on the home page called "Safer-Networking Download Section", which I overlooked.

Use This Free Spybot Utility to Block Microsoft Monitoring in Windows 4 years 4 months ago v.laurie Yes, it's done. view
Microsoft Flight Simulator. It's Back And It's Free. 6 years 10 months ago Uto

Windows 7 is not required, only recommended. (
Download size is 1,804.00 MB.

Want 100GB Of Free Cloud-Based Storage? 7 years 2 days ago UtkuB

I've already signed up for this offer and received my sign up email and currently uploading my data using Zoolz. I have to admit it is much better than i have expected.

They are sending patches every couple of hours for a number of people in the queue that is why the difference in the numbers @ nojmit mentioned.

Want 100GB Of Free Cloud-Based Storage? 7 years 3 hours ago UtkuB

No, you have signed up for "Zoolz Business" register for the zoolz free and wait for the email to get your 100 GB.

Listen To Music Online For Free At These 20 Websites 3 years 12 months ago utilitarian3

Great list! I would add SomaFM. 25 channels featuring good electronic music, as well as underground/alternative. Also commercial-free and listener-supported. Free on both PC and iOS, although the Android app is not free. Oh well, 2 out of 3 ain't bad, as they say.

Best Free Antivirus Software 5 years 5 months ago UserError

If I may put my two cents in, Bitdefender free edition is not a good choice.

You have to download an installer -an offline intaller simply does no exist- and the installation needs several consecutive downloads even after the installation. The first definitions update takes a while and sometimes goes wrong, so the program forces you to start the updating process again. I know this because I tried installing bitdefender on different PCs from friends and relatives, so I can say the process isn't as smooth as you'd want.

The installer does not include an uninstaller, you have to download a third party one if you ever get bored (or annoyed) by Bitdefender. Also, you have 30 days to test the product, after that period you are forced you to create a free BitDefender account or login with facebook or G+ within the app to continue using the product.

IMHO, not the best of approaches.

Best Free Antivirus Software 4 years 1 month ago UserError

Please, consider adding Lavasoft's Ad-Aware Free Antivirus to your review. Although I haven't installed on my PC yet, I saw some very good results detecting and blocking internet viruses and those nasty USB infections. Couldn't find a detailed review or a lab test, though. A good review from you, would help to make things clearer.

Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2020 5 years 3 months ago UserError

I've been using a very lightweight but still great file manager called Simple Explorer. It has material design, root capabilities, 100% free, and open-source.
You won't find it on the PlayStore, though. If you want to check it out, you must go to the official XDA thread:

Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. 5 years 9 months ago UserError

IMO, DiskCryptor the is the best free open-source option so far. In fact, it is an enhanced fork of TrueCrypt. Hopefully, it won't face the same problems and conspiracy theories its bigger brother had. It's a great piece of free software and a good alternative to former TC users.

Use This Keyboard App When Sliding Is Faster Than Typing 5 years 8 months ago UserError

YEAH! The Android L keyboard works perfectly. Couple it with the 'material' skin and it's a winner. The swipe input method works great and there are lots of customization options.

A much better option than AOSP Keyboard or Google Keyboard. And it's free! FY!

Get All the Details of the USB Devices Attached to Your PC with this Free Utility 5 years 3 months ago UserError

Great tool indeed. Thanks a lot!

Because of the BadUSB threat, this tool comes as a great addition to any security enthusiast. The ability to decode descriptors and show a hexdump of the descriptors can help a lot to identify a device that is not what it claims to be.

An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 3 months ago UserError

Many thanks, Gizmo. Really.
Your site provides top-notch content for free and the security guides and reviews are the best yet most simple to follow I found around.
I wish you and the site all the best for the year 2015.

Got a Lenovo Laptop? You Need to Read This. 5 years 1 month ago UserError

LastPass has released a Superfish check tool that shows results inmediately just using your browser. There is a useful step-by-step guide about removing superfish, too.

Reverse Image Search Site Covers 9 Billion Photos 5 years 4 weeks ago UserError

Great tool to fight against copycats, posers and other pseudo-artists who like to steal another person's work.

Create Random Files For Disk And Internet Testing 5 years 2 weeks ago UserError

CCleaner is a good option for most people, but I really loved the good old low-level format. Sadly, is almost impossible to do it with modern hard drives, although some free tools claim they can do something very close to the actual thing.

Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 4 months ago UserError

I won't go as far as you want to, but I 100% agree on the problems Windows 10 has brought. I decided to install it on a laptop... My Gosh! What a mistake that was! Several privacy and security settings I disabled previously turned themselves back on after a few hours, the word "privacy" is practically non-existant now. My network monitor was showing the OS was sending data back home on a regular basis every minute, every hour, every day. Have no idea what kind of data was being sent, but I don't trust Windows 10. At least the previous OSs ware more transparent on their intentions.

Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 4 months ago UserError

You made my day with the last sentence. Very, very true. I won't touch W10 ever again.

Best Free Music Player and Organizer 11 months 4 weeks ago user102

I can't see the article- the reviews of the music organizer programs- what's up?

5 Best Free Video Streaming Sites 4 years 3 months ago usadoug

IMO it's unfair to list as a con what "spam" comments that nor YouTube or content providers have no reasonable control over. Spam was first used to refer to unsolicited email. By posting comments for public consumption or post original comments to the content one is in essence soliciting responses. Googles/youtubes attempt to encourage/force the use of real names on YouTube had the potential to move abuse from inside the web into the world where people actually live. A crank angered by a John Doe on the web is likely to harass every John Doe they can find a phone number for. Actually comment on YouTube are some of the most useful on the web, particularly since YouTube got rid of the character limit and allowed inserting of all URL'. Yea you have to ignore the stupid crap, but that's a small price to pay for free. tmy gmail account associated with YouTube isn't my primary email account. The only time a make point to visit my gmail account is when I'm expect something from the google help staff or from the google/YouTube forums. Generally I scroll through the mail and based on the subject mark expect email to be moved to a folder for reading, the remainder is block deleted. I rarely engage in YouTube comment peeing contests

5 Best Free Video Streaming Sites 4 years 3 months ago usadoug

One doesn't have to use Google+ to use you tube, why not setup G+? When using YouTube I given the choice to use my long time anonymous YouTube user name of my G+ name. In the event the ability to comment is so important to anyone they should decide to stop viewing YouTube content after telling the google/YouTube and the content providers of that decision, and carry through with that decision. Clearly YouTube's hope was to clean up comments by having comments associated with what are thought to be real names civility would ensue. Did take sever exchanges with someone at YouTube to discover how I could still use my long time YouTube user name at YouTube, not my G= associated name. Sometimes getting what you think is right takes effort, and patience. Yes policy can change tomorrow. I'm ready to be allowed to watch the videos without commenting, or walk away from YouTube, I doubt few others are ready to do so as well. Anyway not in enough numbers to influance policy.

Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 9 months ago urshurak

BEWARE FOR COMODO on windows 10! It gave me huge problems and difficulties to uninstall. After boot I only had a black screen, and couldn't run anything. I couldn't even get in safemode and it even gave me my first BSOD in windows 10. Had to use Linux to straighten things up. NOT FOR BEGINNERS.

Windows 10 firewall control has a very, very, very annoying sound, so uninstalled it straight away. Please, developers, get rid of that sound!

Zone-alarm is getting too little credit here. It's really a "fire-and-forget" kind of software, with more than enough possibilities if you want them.

Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 9 months ago urshurak

It's just intended as a big warning, not a blame. I recently installed Windows 10, and there's only some other securitysoftware there, like malwarebytes and bitdefender. Other firewalls didn't give any problems.

How to Repair Corrupt or Damaged Windows System Files with System File Checker 6 years 7 months ago uros

I have a problem whent a started an pc it shoved to press start windows normaly, safemode,safe mode with command prompt,last known good configuration and when i pressed evry one of them it showed up .Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change,might be the cause and this

Windows failed to load because a critical syset driver is missing or corupt and a bunch of other things and some status:oxcoooooof and after i press enter
choose an operating system to start.,or press
TAB to to select a tool then there is windows 7 to press and to press tab for windows memory Diagnostic and when i press enter again on wondows 7 it is back on the first page please help

FileHippo App Manager 3 years 7 months ago UriF

I just installed the latest version - beta 4. Scan completed, 3 applications to update. Unfortunately, when I clicked at tab "Installed Applications" program hang up (irresponsible). Only one way close it. Application did not updated more 1 yr ago.

Best Free Software for Linux 5 years 1 month ago uriegel

I have used several serial terminals before. But ScriptCommunicator is the best I've ever used. Because of it's script interface it's extremly flexible and powerful.

Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 6 months ago unorbert89

I find it my self very similar as you described in your reviews. 360 is the best, Comodo has improved a lot in the last years, Avira always been good. But I find it confusing why Quihoo's 360 is not represented in the big AV-Comparatives? Neither Comodo... I recommend you one more antivirus to review: Sophos Home. Is the third biggest security company on the world (behind Norton and Kaspersky), light on resources (cloud), very simple to use and in quite a few tests (Scanning speed, resource management, total hits, etc...) is in the top of the AV softwares.

Best Free Context Menu Extensions list 2 years 9 months ago Unhjem

The correct URL for FileMenu Tools is, not the provided
When I went to install FileMenu Tools Windows Defender didn't like it. There was, however, no attempt to install any add-ons as mentioned earlier.

How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour 6 years 7 months ago undine

Thank's for the good tip.I have been doing this in the past with XXX. This is much easier to do. Would you happen to know where the registry key would be to change the background color of Windows File Explorer? Keep up the good work. Grady.

Grinning Geckos (Wallpaper of the Week) 6 years 2 months ago Unc_Tarheel_4Ever

Thanks for sharing this wallpaper, got it on my desktop now & it's so cool. Also have to give you a shout out cuz that was the 1st time I'd visited that specific wallpaper site. It boogled my mind at the huge variety & quantity of HD wallpapers contained on that site where the geckos were. I added it to my customized browser start-up page instantly & am heading back there now to start exploring the site. Great Article & Post!!!

33 Sites With Great Icons You Can Download for Free 6 months 1 week ago Unc_Tarheel_4Ever

WOW! That is one extensive listing with so many icons to see & look at, it'll wear out my eyes! Thanks for the great find as always!

Manage Your Time Better, With A Tomato 4 years 3 months ago unclnis

Thanks for the tip!
I remember I've used it in the past and totally forgot about it. Just what I needed

Best Free Antivirus Software 4 years 3 months ago UNC69

I have been repairing computer systems since 1989 and if there is one thing I have observed, the antivirus tests run in labs are significantly different than what happens to users' computers. Basing a choice of anti-virus upon the results of lab tests shows the media wants to avoid assuming any liability - they blame it on someone else. What good is advice where no liability was assumed? There are some informed comments here and I appreciate those who offer such responses. It is obvious because they are not concerned about themselves, they express concerns for all of us. KUDOS to them.

Best Free DVD Authoring Software 6 years 2 months ago Unbravewintermute

I think it's worth noting that a fork DVD Flick has been made by new developer and includes many fixes and updates. The original developer seems to have abandoned it. Info: and here

Best Freeware Download Sites 6 years 4 months ago Unbravewintermute

I was wondering if and are worth adding to the list. Filehorse is very similar to filehippo and dowloadcrew is similar to without the proprietary downloader .

Save On Expensive Ink And Paper With A Free Browser Add-On 6 years 5 months ago Unanimous Cowherd

Very nice extension, though the ads would put me off.
Evernote has a great extension for Firefox and Chrome called "Clearly", which can be used for printing, though it is designed to aid long-form reading:

Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 2 years 4 months ago UmpRef1

itsofficial 1665

Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 2 years 4 months ago UmpRef1

Is this what you want?

Access Your PC Remotely Via Any Web Browser 3 years 1 month ago UmpRef1

I downloaded this, but it was flagged by Symantec Antivirus as potentially dangerous. Not sure if I should load it, but it could be helpful.

Best Free Live Wallpapers for Android - Updated 2019 4 months 2 weeks ago umit.w

You may like to check this 3d live wallpaper collection app too:
There you will find lots of live wallpapers for free

Best Free Dictionary and Thesaurus Utility 6 years 10 months ago UltraCraig64

I would like to warn others about a little caveat with Wordweb, as a former user. The program itself is excellent, and from what I could tell, is completely worthy of its Gizmo's Freeware award. But there is a condition if one wishes to use the free version after 30 days. Let me share with you an excerpt from the Wordweb developers' site:

"WordWeb free version may be used indefinitely only by people who take at most two commercial flights (not more than one return flight) in any 12 month period. People who fly more than this need to purchase the Pro version if they wish to continue to use it after a 30-day trial period."

I had not previously read this, and answered truthfully that I had in fact taken more than two one-way flights in the past year. Now I can supposedly never use the free version again, because of my alleged contribution to global warming. A real shame. And for a strong political stance on an issue that I largely call into question, but that is neither here nor there. The point is that it is conditional freeware, so I just wanted others to keep this in mind. Well, at least I didn't tell any "fibs" come the trial's end. No moral dilemmas here! I would still highly recommend the product, although I plan to check out the other programs featured here for my own personal use. Wordweb's free version is sadly no longer an option for me. Maybe in future updates, the author of this review can include a disclaimer.

Best Free Online Backup 6 years 2 months ago UltraCraig64

This article seems heavily outdated, so I wanted to bring light to some other free online backup services.

First, there is Mega. As in the Megaupload guys. Mega allows for a whopping 50gb of cloud storage space. There is end-to-end encryption, and if you lose your password, it's lost forever. Very secure. See what you guys think.

There is also Mediafire, which has been around for quite a few years now. You can get 10gb, and there is also a desktop app which makes the whole process more convenient. They also have mobile apps, so you can connect with multiple devices.

Then there is Surdoc, which offers 100gb of cloud storage space. Wow. They also have mobile apps, and encrypt the files, although I'm not sure of the specifics with that. offers 100gb as well, and also claims to provide some type of security with your files.

And lastly, offers 15gb of cloud storage space. They offer shareable storage space between different users and everything is syncable. They use Barracuda's cloud storage servers, which may provide extra security.

I hope this helps with updating the article. I would be very curious to know if the ones who offer more would come out ahead, or if the ones who offer less can compenstate for a lack of space with a competent user experience.

How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 5 years 6 months ago uberdoku

Hi, perused through most of the comments and haven't seen this yet, hoping you can help:

I already had Windows 7 on my laptop but HD crashed. Swapped it with a new one and when I started it back up it asked for a bootdisk. Downloaded a bootdisk to a USB, inserted it, and the laptop asked for a boot manager. I downloaded a boot manager iso, Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (32 Bit), but it's not working when I boot up--still getting the same error "BOOTMGR is missing..."

Any suggestions?

Thanks much,

Do You Want to Continue Receiving Information from Gizmo's Freeware? 1 year 10 months ago Tyronekay

Been with you for ages, want to continue, great site, awesome content.

Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 6 years 2 days ago txtechie

I have tried many versions of Freemake and they all crash while loading MPEG2(ripped DVD using DVD Shrink) files (4-5 files around 4GB total). I've tried it on two different Windows 7 machines. Both crash. Five stars? Have not tried any of the older versions to see if that solves the issue.
My personal preference is MediaCoder. You must know a little about video formats and should invest some time on the website's Tips and Guides blog.

Freemake Video Converter 3 years 8 months ago txtechie

When converting from DVD format to MP4, I get A/V sync issues every time. Does not matter if acceleration is turned off, or if sourcing the DVD files directly from the DVD or after they have been copied to my hard drive. Will try Format Factor.

Time To Review Who You've Granted Access To 5 years 5 months ago txeng

Great idea to publish this article. I'm sure that many folks like myself forgot all these permissions. Now we realize what's going.
Thanks, DM

Free Browser Extension that Efficiently Blocks Ads Using Less Memory 5 years 1 month ago txeng


It looks as the last several comments have been more critic than praise. Hence I feel that a different view might be valuable.

I am a non-sophisticated user, maybe like most of the users, and I have been very pleased with ublock since I installed it instead of Ad Blocker. It did not affect the speed of my browser [Comodo Dragon], and for the last couple of weeks I did not see even a single Ad. Earlier, with ABP I saw, infrequently, an Ad here or there.

Summary: UBlock works very well [at least for the last few weeks], it was trivial to install and use. Hence, it is appropriate to thank Vic laurie for presenting it to us.


Who's Been Using All My Internet Bandwidth? 5 years 2 weeks ago txeng


A problem with NetWorx.

A scan with VT did NOT come out clean. Unfortunately, I do not know how to attach the complete report, but here is the result.

The scan heading:

SHA256: 166b420c0121ad8615712744eef918e77880e9f4c9c91267715d50bb5a53291f
File name: networx_setup.exe
Detection ratio: 1 / 57
Analysis date: 2015-03-15 12:49:00 UTC ( 0 minutes ago )

The offender:

a variant of Win32/NetFilter.A potentially unsafe 20150315

This scan is for the 32 bit install version. The portable version did come out clean.

Any idea what went wrong?

Regards, DM

Free Computer & Internet eBooks Online 7 years 3 weeks ago twn

Security Engineering — The Book

It's beautiful. This is the best book on the topic there is’ - Bruce Schneier

Easily Convert YouTube Videos To MP3's For Free 5 months 2 weeks ago twlanders

The real power of this program is that it allows you to login to your YouTube account to download your personal playlists and radio stations. Can optionally export right into iTunes as a playlist complete with artwork. Is amazing program and very lightweight. If you are having problems signing into your Google account, try this version:

Best Free Digital Image Viewer 6 years 1 month ago twinkler

Thanks for your excellent survey of image viewers. I've been trying to decide between XnView and FastStone, but now I have another half-dozen to consider!

I thought I'd offer that Pictomio displays an ad banner along the bottom and hasn't been updated since 2012.

Best Free Digital Image Viewer 6 years 4 weeks ago twinkler

Even though the website says kuView's portable, I couldn't find a portable version. When I installed the only version I found, I had to very carefully click the dim "Decline" button repeatedly to avoid getting other software installed along with it.

Best Free Search and Replace Utility 5 years 7 months ago twinkler

Thanks for these reviews. I see that the page for Replace Text says "Please note that Replace Text is no longer supported and has known problems with some Windows 7 installations."

Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2020 6 years 11 months ago twinkler

Thanks for this great list!

aContacts hasn't been updated in over three years and its Play listing says "Not fully compatible with Android 2.0"

Free Time-Saving Hints For Your Office Programs 5 years 12 months ago twinkler

MC, I've been a donating supporter of this site for many years. I'm deeply grateful to everyone who makes it happen, including you, and I understand the need to eliminate unnecessary work for the volunteers who kindly donate their time. As a user and promoter of freeware and open source software, I'm glad that this site focuses on noncommercial software.

However, I was surprised and uncomfortable to encounter the idea that we can't even MENTION the name of a commercial product during a discussion. This led me just now to review the forum & site rules ( Here's rule 18:

"References to commercial software : Members/visitors may refer to commercial products in either forum posts, or main site comments, but may not include links** to them. The content in such posts must be relevant to the topic being discussed, and not posted as an endorsement for promotional purposes, or discuss the features and abilities of a commercial product."

Please consider either revisiting your decision or updating the rules to reflect current practices. Many thanks!

Try This Really Flexible Screen Shot Tool 5 years 2 months ago twinkler

I use Greenshot, but for capturing scrolling screens in Firefox I use Screengrab (

Tidy Your Desktop With A Tabbed Launcher 3 years 1 month ago twinkler

I've been using RocketDock non-stop for 10 years. It works fine for me on Windows 10.

A Clean, Simple And Yet Powerful Content Reader for News Feeds and Web Articles 2 years 11 months ago twinkler

I'm happy to see Inoreader get some attention. When Google Reader shut down, I jumped to Feedly, but after growing increasingly unhappy with it, I found Inoreader last year and swtiched to it. It's fantastic!

Send Anywhere 3 years 11 months ago twinkler

Thanks for this. It's called Send Anywhere, not Send Anyway.

Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening 5 years 1 day ago twinbee

Was the flicker very slight and approx every 10 seconds? If so, this should be fixed for version 1.18. Try again and see what you think.

Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening 5 years 1 day ago twinbee

Did you have Flux open at the time? Make sure Flux is closed before testing. Was the flickering during the time it said "Transitioning to night" or "Transitioning to day" at the top right? If so, that may not be fixed then for you. If that happens again, please let me know, and then try changing the transition phase to 10 seconds, and see if the problem is lessened or gone.

Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening 5 years 23 hours ago twinbee

Thanks for the feedback. I presume you had SS running by ticking the "Running" checkbox. Anyway, feel free to email me if you would like to get it working, or otherwise enjoy using F.lux instead.

Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening 5 years 23 hours ago twinbee

Hi too, and thanks for the feedback! -Dan

A Quick Way to Change or Check your DNS Setting 4 years 9 months ago twigginsfl

I use a tool called namebench. Google it. If I try to post the url, it gets blocked. It is more complicated than the currently discussed tools, but the data it provides is more detailed.

How to Restore the Google Chrome Browser New Tab Page to the Previous Appearance 6 years 6 months ago twigginsfl

Sweet! Thanks!

Best Free CD Ripper 4 years 10 months ago tweetysat

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

Best Free Digital Image Viewer 4 years 5 months ago tweetiepooh

So what would the recommendation be for a free image viewer I can use on a work machine? I don't need lots of tools or organising ability just able to click on the file and see the image. Possible tools would be rotate/flip but I want to edit the picture I can use an editor. Work will provide edit tools if needed but I just need something that can view almost any image and maybe switch between files in a directory.
I like Irfanview and use that at home but it's license is not suitable for work machine.

How to Work With Audio CD .CDA Files 3 years 9 months ago tweetiepooh

It also highlights a big failing when converting from CD to "digital". If you play a CD you get a continuous audio signal, there are special break points so you can hit tracks if wanted.

When you convert you get a number of separate files based on those CD tracks. Now in many cases this is fine but if the CD is live concert or especially classical music where a long movement maybe split into smaller segments playing back can be a real pain, you need a way to seamlessly play back without gaps, jumps or other hiccoughs.

Now there maybe players out there that will do this but this fails if you put the files on a stick and playback on a "device" (car radio). But is there even software players that can spot if two tracks played consecutively should be "joined" at an audio level.

How to Work With Audio CD .CDA Files 3 years 9 months ago tweetiepooh

I guess you can rip to one track but then loose ability to play sections by choice so it is still in the playback area where sometimes you pick the segment but if listening to the album/movement it can playback without gaps.

To solve the sorting I get the metadata to zero prefix the number - 01,02 (or even in once case 001,002) so it can sort by string and get the numbers right too.

Using Windows 7 And Linux On The Same Computer 2 years 3 weeks ago tweetiepooh

If you have multiple hard disks and your system can accommodate it you can arrange to have Linux boot from the 2nd disk and keep the Windows boot on the first disk. On my PC the method (with OpenSuse Linux) is
1)Switch hard disk boot order to disk2 then disk1
2)Boot from DVD/USB and install Linux (I have O/S's on disk 1 and data on disk 2). Set Linux to install its boot loader to MBR on disk 2.
3)On reboot the system will see Linux - GRUB allows booting to Linux and Windows.

If needed (like installing Windows updates with multiple reboots) you can switch hard disk boot order to disk 1 and the system sees the Windows boot loader and goes straight into that O/S. Once stable you can switch the boot order back to Linux/GRUB.

Five Really Simple Tricks and Tips that Solve a Lot of PC Problems 6 years 4 months ago tweetiepooh

Yup, a good old reboot oft works wonders. Sometimes just restarting the application can do the trick. Shame Windows needs this, remembering the 14 years up time on some of our non-MS servers. And when the technology to patch running kernels becomes more widespread, even less down time.

Budding Muso? Get The Chords To Any Song On Youtube 5 years 8 months ago tweetiepooh

My account says it's free until 1 September

How to Get Rid of the Ads on the Firefox New Tab Page 5 years 4 months ago tweetiepooh

I just checked and I see no ads, just lots of previously visited common pages. I pin some as I use them daily others are just added.

Microsoft Visual Studio Now Free For Non-Commercial Use! 5 years 4 months ago tweetiepooh

Must be a way to write this to USB as many folks already do that for Linux ISO images.

Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 5 years 2 months ago tweetiepooh

OK so I use UNIX at work so using Linux is less of an issue to me but we use it nearly exclusively at home and neither my wife nor children have had any problems at all barring some minor issues getting Google Earth working.

The main PC runs OpenSuse using KDE as a desktop. We have a couple of refurbished laptops running Mint Cinnamon. Both have a "start" menu accessed at bottom left that brings up a menu that for the most part is usable pretty much the same as Windows. Applications most used are Firefox and Thunderbird also same (pretty much) as Window. The children like to use Scratch and they are getting used to OpenOffice and Scribus.

Advantages to giving them Linux include security and safety. They can install stuff like Windows, it's less vulnerable to malware. It also just works. On the main PC Windows complains about hard disk drivers and won't install whereas Linux just sees the disks and off it goes. We are using refurbished, slightly older laptops and you can pick a distro best suited to both the hardware you are using and/or the purpose you want. So you can pick a "light" distro to run on really old equipment or something newer tuned to a purpose like music production.

There may be issues with how Linux filing works. There is no concept of C or D drives, everything gets mapped to one directory structure but since users mostly work in "My Documents" and that visually looks like Windows that can be a non-issue.

Gizmo's Independence is Under Threat: Please Help 4 years 5 months ago tweetiepooh

I have no problem with including paid software on this site if it provides a fair comparison to the free alternatives and if it provides a "best of breed" but the main aim would be to recommend the free stuff that can be used instead of forking out for the commercial offerings.

Ever Wondered Just How Good Your Password Is? 3 years 10 months ago tweetiepooh

The problem comes when you need to enter one of those super complex passwords and you don't have cut/paste from your password store working. Can you remember how to type it? To be fair I do use a password store for many of my passwords but it can be interesting to enter something long and complex say to link your TV or smart box to a pay TV platform. Try entering 60 random characters using a TV remote!

Keep All Your Passwords Safe With KeePass 3 years 1 month ago tweetiepooh

What we did was create LastPass accounts for each family member. I can then share passwords with them and even not allow them to see the password so it can fill in login screens for them but not disclose the actual value. I can also then revoke that share if needed.

LastPass can be a pain sometimes filling in values where not needed, trying to be helpful.

Download 1,792 printable paper templates for free 1 year 5 months ago tweetiepooh

Good selection of papers, many but not all are in A4, some don't matter.