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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 1 month ago 4sure5

Another big "Thank you!" from Canada. This site is a wonderful resource and much appreciated.

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 1 month ago Gibbs.Slap

First, I wish you, yours and all involved with Gizmo's a very Blessed Christmas and New Year.

Thank you Rob for all you do for us all year long. I have enjoyed and us very many of your suggestions throughout the years.

From way up on the East side of Upstate NY.

Ken

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 1 month ago bili_39

Very warm thank you, to you, all great editors and moderators, from Slovenia.

And wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year :)

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 1 month ago ferco

A Happy New Year to you and to all your editors and moderators.

A very big than you to you all. I read you everyday and it has been a pleasure to do it since so many years ago.

Thank you Bob for the excellent tips you give us daily.

Best wishes from Lisbon, Portugal, with a lovely sunshine.

Fernando

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 1 month ago papavonschoen

Thank you Gizmo and all of the contributors here. Every day it is a surprise, not only your software but articles. Everyone have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Jon
From Stinky Iowa :-)

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 1 month ago Geekomatic

Happy holidays & all the best to Gizmo's Tech Support!

From sunny, breezy, & beautiful Western Australia. ;)

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 1 month ago suruha

Thank you for all you do to help this 'non-tech savvy' granny on a near daily basis. One thing I recognized early on was that you folks can help weed out the bad, offer cool ideas and site links to helpful software and offer help to those of us who don't particularly understand web stuff. You have been in my e-mail for forever and it's because I appreciate what you do!
Here's to another year, 2017! May it be prosperous and bring much happiness to each of you and each and every reader/subscriber!
Blessings,
Su

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 1 month ago budchekov

Happy Hols, Boxing Day , and an absolutely fabulous 2017 to you all,

Thanks to everyone.... and respect.

Bud :)

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 1 month ago Anupam

Glad you find the site useful Su, and thank you for the feedback. If you do need any kind of help or have any questions, you can post in the freeware forum of the site, where other users can help you.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 1 month ago Phylis Sophical

And we love you back Gizmo & Co. Here's a suggestion some others might like to follow: When I get my tax return, I take $100 of it and donate to all the wonderful freeware people I have been so lucky to acquire through this wonderful web site. And that includes this one.
Much Love and Season's best to the whole community.
from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 1 month ago minimaxi

Happy New year 2017 to all you guys!!!

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 1 month ago terrawarra

Good onya Ian..... well done as usual from you and the team.
cheers from Wally in Bundanoon, Australia

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 1 month ago Naveen D

Wishing you all good things on this New Year!
Happy New Year Guys......

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 1 month ago wildweaselkeeper

"Gizmo's Freeware" has been active for more than a decade; add to that all the years of "Support Alert" and that is certainly a lot of change, not all for the good I might add. But through it all you've been there to help us through it; thank you so much for being there to help us through it and so a Thank You from you? No Gizmo, Thank You!

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 1 month ago DAC49

I "found" Gizmo's many years ago. Through the years, when I want to find software for a particular use, Gizmo's is the first place I look. I have used at least dozens of freeware from this site, fine-tuning the reviews here to lead me to the best programs with the best options for me. About a year ago I added Gizmo's to my list of permanent browser home pages so I could have ready access to it. I'm usually up on Gizmo's several times per week -- and sometimes, per day. The moderator reviews and the comments from users have been very valuable to me. Keep up the great work, and may you all have a super new year!

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 1 month ago Sea Mac

You all are like Family to me: And so I wish you and yours a blessed and Prosperous 2017.

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 1 month ago larchambault

Bonne année 2017 ( Happy New Year ;-)

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An Essential App for Medical Knowledge and Healthy Living 4 years 8 months ago crosseyedlemon

An app that shows an anatomically flawed male doesn't exactly inspire me with confidence but the website has an excellent reputation so this is worth checking out.

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An Essential App for Medical Knowledge and Healthy Living 4 years 8 months ago kkanalz

In the main body of your article, you have this phrase: "Besides heading to wedmd.com that has been a resourceful site to gain medical knowledge ....". Be advised that "wedmd.com" is a TYPO! I believe you meant "weBmd.com", didn't you?

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An Essential App for Medical Knowledge and Healthy Living 4 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for pointing this out kkanalz, it is now fixed. :) MC - Site Manager. view
An Essential App for Medical Knowledge and Healthy Living 4 years 8 months ago Jojo Yee Thanks kkanalz and MC. It skipped my eyes despite after a few rounds of reading. view
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An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 6 years 4 months ago BBean

Is there a reason not to burn this file I'm deleting to a DVD or save it to a thumb drive first?

Can is it intact? That is, can it be used from the flash drive?

And what if 8.1 does not work correctly? I have no smart devices so I already know that I do not know if win8 is working correctly--I'm just trying to manipulate it to a place where a non-using relative can use it and finding it not so easy. But then, I don't have anything with a touch screen and the entire concept makes no sense to me since I have great keyboard skill.

Even then, I don't even understand partitioning enough to know if this might be a good application for creating a partition and stowing a useless file away in a place never again to see the light of day unless disaster strikes.

I just hate getting old--or maybe it's just getting expensive.

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An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie There are several points to make. First, before any upgrade, you should always make a backup of the whole system. So I would hope you already have a backup. However, if you have plenty of disk space, there is no particular need to delete the file. People with an SSD or a small C: partition are the ones most likely to need the space. As to copying the file to another location, it is a hidden system file and copying such files and then reading them, if necessary, can be tricky. I have not tried doing that. If anybody has experience with that, let us know. view
An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 6 years 4 months ago sirpaul2

I'll probably stick with 'RD /S /Q %SystemDrive%\windows.old' in an elevated Command Prompt (presuming it's still allowed by 8.1). No waiting for disk scans.
Backup first, of course.

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An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie Have you actually tried to do that? The file is a protected system file. view
An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 6 years 4 months ago SkiddMarx

My experience was that only the PCs I updated from Windows 8.1 Preview to the final version of Windows 8.1 generated the "Previous Windows Installation(s)" files for cleanup. The PCs updated from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 did not generate any files for cleanup.

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An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie Well, that is not what happened on my system. view
An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 6 years 4 months ago Jojo Yee On a tablet, I've upgraded from Windows 8 to 8.1 (Single Language version). It does have a Windows.old folder created. The properties of this folder show that it's not hidden, but ready-only. It contains more than 3,800 files inside the folder and sub-folders at a total size of 532 MB. view
An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the information about a tablet, Jojo. I added a note to the tip. view
An Incredible YouTube Downloader with More Capabilities 4 years 4 months ago mchldpy

Incredible "if you can pay" YouTube ...

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An Incredible YouTube Downloader with More Capabilities 4 years 3 months ago bernardz

I have been using it for a  day now thanks to this article and its quite good. What it also has which is good is SoundCloud as well as youtube.

I suggest anyone intending to use it check the options first, in particular WiFI and advertisements and the search engines.

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An Incredible YouTube Downloader with More Capabilities 4 years 3 months ago mchldpy

Score: Test-1, Myself-0

My apologies to Jojo Yee. While reading faster than my comprehension levels intake speed, I suffered a buffer overrun and ASS-U-ME-d that the free version did not do GooTube downloads and immediately started mumbling under my breath and thinking other than "happy camper" thoughts.

michael

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An Incredible YouTube Downloader with More Capabilities 4 years 3 months ago mchldpy

Either the very fabric of the Universe has a tear or the space-time-continuum needs to be re-synced. There was a test, then deux, then another test. I got (3) emails dated Friday 10/30/15 1727hrs, 1728hrs, 1729hrs. Mysteriously, the one that was is no longer. No proof of the other 2 except for some post-script.

Joe Jackson said it best - there's somethin goin on around here, round here.

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An Incredible YouTube Downloader with More Capabilities 4 years 3 months ago Anupam

What are you talking about?

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An Incredible YouTube Downloader with More Capabilities 4 years 3 months ago mchldpy

After I made post #124140 where I thought the free version did not do Y/T (the free android vs doesn't do Y/T) Someone with the name "site editor" made a post that said "this is a test". After reading that, I reread the article, realizing my mistake, I made post #124189 where I said the score was "test -1, myself -0.
Yesterday I get three (3) 'New Comment' emails spaced 1 minute apart ie ... "1727hrs, 28, 29" the message was "this is a test", "this is a test", "another test" respectively, all from "site editor" So, I'm, thinking Ian, MC or maybe you (I have no idea) is good naturedly messing with me. Because of the first post "this is a test" I reread the article and realized my mistake, hence the score of "test -1, myself -0", I'm thinking "another test" maybe I got something else wrong. When I get here there are no 'test' post, no post from "site editor", Nada, zippo, zilch, just the obvious semi-incoherent mutterings of a man with no proof except 3 pieces of post-script (the emails) that are keeping him from slipping into the abyss known simply as, The Twilight Zone.

I hope this explanation is sufficient.

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An Incredible YouTube Downloader with More Capabilities 4 years 3 months ago Jojo Yee Sorry mchldpy for the confusion. Yes we did a few test posts yesterday and today. The test comments were removed after the test. view
An Incredible YouTube Downloader with More Capabilities 4 years 3 months ago mchldpy

So, the good news is, it really was a test. The bad news is, it had nothing to do with me and I thought I was indirectly interacting with some sort of super user able to make me see clearly the error of my ways. Now it's evident it was preplanned and well aimed jocularity. ha.

It's like I always say,
"if you don't play well with others,
you could end up playing with yourself"

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An Incredible YouTube Downloader with More Capabilities 4 years 3 months ago Anupam

OK, that clears it :D.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 12 months ago Joe A.TT

Excellent article Anupam!

Just 4 observations from me:

1. The free version (which we are concerned with at Gizmo's) only allows users to open one sandbox at a time. So plan with this in mind.

2. After installing Sandboxie for 30 days, the user will get a pop-up dialog box that imposes a 5-second delay.

3. As great a program as Sandboxie is, it is not fool-proof, and users must still be alert and practice safe computer habits.

4. The yellow box surrounding the browser, or whatever program is sandboxed, only appears when the mouse is pointed at the top of the window (at least on my installation of Sandboxie it is so).

1 and 2 above may appear restrictive, but is a small price to pay for such a great program.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 12 months ago Anupam Thanks a lot Joe :) And really good suggestions! I will include them all in the article. Good observation on the 4th point, will make corrections. Many thanks! :) view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 12 months ago Anupam I have now made the changes in the article and included all suggestions. Thanks again :). view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 12 months ago Joe A.TT

I'm just happy that I can make a worthwhile input :)

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago bo.elam

On #4, that's how Appearance works with default settings. If you like the yellow border to remain at all times, Go to:

Sandbox Settings>Appearance and untick "Display the border only when the mouse cursor is in the Window title".

You can also change the color of the border if you like. Personally, I don't like those color and prefer the traditional Sandboxie # marks in the Window title. If you like to try it, untick all settings under appearance and click apply.

Bo

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago pottster

I've been using Sandboxie successfully for years. Having recommended the program to a number of other people this will be an excellent article to point them to for getting started. Even with experienced users it's good to cover the basics again. Many thanks.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago Anupam My pleasure :), and I sincerely hope people will be helped by this article. view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago redstick

I've used Sandboxie for a while, and feel uncomfortable without it; it's like learning to use a seat belt. A couple of things to note: you have to exit Sandboxie to perform changes to profiles -- bookmarks, for example, because your profiles reside in your system (your browser will tell you that the bookmark is saved, but it ain't so). Key loggers can reside in the Sandboxie window and do their dirty, so be paranoid enough to empty the sandbox before going to any sensitive sites (bank, etc.). It should also be a reflex to delete any sandboxed files before closing down.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago Anupam Thanks redstick for your comment :). I agree, once you start using Sandboxie, you get used to it, but that's a good habit to have. I have already mentioned the point about saving settings outside of Sandboxie for them to stick, and have also covered the point about bookmarks, under Settings section about web browsers... by allowing direct access to bookmarks, they will be saved without the need to save them out of Sandboxie. It's a good point about emptying Sandboxie before doing any banking work. I will try to include it in the article somewhere. Thanks :) view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago redstick

Whoops! My bad -- apologies for stating the already stated. Speed-read strikes again.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago harold seattle

I've been using Panda Safe. Sounds about the same. Panda Safe puts you in a virtual box and when you exit everything disappears. Thus no malware. Well to a point. Neither are bullet proof, but for most of us should be more then adequate.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago Jaxon

This is to clear up my comment because a name of my 'commercial' backup program and mentioning the names of my other security programs got deleted and it sort of makes my whole comment sound a bit retarded. My backup program has a feature that resembles Sandboxie, it's sort of a 'try and decide' thing where you can install stuff and if you like it you keep it and if not, turn the feature off and it disappears.
And as for this Sandboxie thing, if you always use it while online, why would you have use for any other security? I did read the caution that you still need your anti-virus, etc. but if you always, 100% of the time you are online are running on this 'virtual' machine (OK,sort of), why would you need anything else? Since you are operating out of a computer that disappears when you're done, why would you still need protection? It'd take some planning and work, I know, but being able to get away from other security software seems like the whole point of using something like Sandboxie. Otherwise, why use it? I'm a careful browser and have never gotten attacked by anything that my anti-virus, firewall, etc. didn't take care of, but why even use it if everything is just temporary? Any answers to the above questions will be appreciated & thanks in advance. Any downloads or bookmarks, notes or other stuff you could have sent to a memory stick or an external drive that you unplug before closing the browser, so it'd be out of Sandboxies reach, right? Probably not, but I can't figure out why.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago Jaxon

I know you, the comment writer can't answer this but I'm curious why your mention of a Panda product got through while my mention of a couple of programs got 'edited' to take the names out. Maybe someone up in the Gizmo office might help me clear the incident up. Not trying to make a fuss, it's just that I don't usually comment here and am trying to figure out the rules. Thanks to anyone that may help me out here.....

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago Anupam Panda Safe is a free product, and therefore, it can be mentioned here. Our site is a freeware based site, and therefore, we discuss only freeware. We remove any mentions of commercial software, because it attracts more commercial software based comments, and also more commercial spam, which we do not want. Hope this clears the issue :). view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago Anupam Thanks for the comment. I was not aware of Panda Safe Browser. Did some reading, and I think to use it, you should have VirtualBox installed on the computer, which is a bit "heavy" software. Whereas Sandboxie is quite lightweight. Anyways, there are alternatives, yes, and its on the user with which he feels more comfortable. view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago Anupam Hi Jaxon, sorry for the edit. This being a freeware site, we allow discussion/mention of only freeware, and edit out commercial stuff, otherwise it just attracts more commercial related stuff and spam. I hope you understand. As for what you say about needing any other security software... those are still needed, because although Sandboxie provides an isolated environment, still, it does not scan the stuff for malware activity, etc, nor does it stop a program from sending out information to the internet, even when running under Sandboxie. Therefore, it's not a replacement for security software like antivirus, or firewall. Sandboxie just provides an isolated environment so that any malware detected cannot escape out to the system. An antivirus is still needed to make sure that the downloaded files, etc are not malicious. Because, if you need to take the files out of Sandboxie, you need to be sure it's not malicious. An antivirus, or an antispyware takes care of that. Atleast general, inexperienced users will still need security software. But yes, if you are experienced enough, and have enough confident on Sandboxie, then you can do without these security software. Some of our site members who are experienced enough are doing that. But still, they do follow safe practices, and also take enough precaution to scan the downloaded files with an on-demand antivirus/antispyware. So, you still have to be careful. About the pen drive/external drive... yes, if you unplug them before closing browser, or emptying Sandboxie, the stuff will remain saved inside it. view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago MidnightCowboy As Anupam states below the main reason for these edits is to deter spam which is currently running in excess of 50,000 attempts (yes that's fifty thousand) a day. Most of this is dealt with automatically but still leaves a significant amount for our volunteers to handle manually. The type of commercial software mentioned in your original post is also one of the most spammed categories here. Thank you for your understanding. MC - Site Manager. view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago Jaxon

Thanks so very much for the informative and inclusive reply. I've been hanging around Gizmos since I discovered the internet and since I live in a rain forest that just recently got other than dial up service it is still a lot newer to me than most. But I catch on quick and at least half of my software comes from recommendations from this site. I sort of figured out why the names that got 'edited' got the circular file but the Panda reference sort of unbalanced me cause I didn't know it was free. About the only thing you didn't clear up completely though is any difference between Sandboxie and the 'try and decide' feature on one of the biggest names in backup software. The few times I've used it, if I'm remembering correctly, it sounds a lot like the Sandbox, with maybe a couple of extra features and the only reason I don't use it more is because I have to open the program, go to that particular tool and wait a few seconds while it checks all my drives involved, because only my OS runs on my small SSD and everything else goes off to several other drives, both internal and external. I do very little random browsing so most of it involves sites I know well and trust completely to a point where my paid security stuff doesn't have much to do. Or at least I don't think it does, it's set on a sort of autopilot setting where I let it make all the decisions, because I've used it for years and it's got a sterling reputation and has never failed me. But it ain't cheap either and as of late I've been debating ways to not use such high end and totally inclusive software, that although my laptop runs with a QX9300 quad core with more RAM than my old OS can even use I'm trying to modernize without giving up the major stuff I'm comfortable with. I tend to start rambling and I'm doing it now so, thanks very much and I'll save my other list of questions for a later date. And since this is maybe the second time I've commented here in the 5 or 6 years I've been hanging around I'll take note of your suggestions and the rules about naming names. Thanks again and Pura vida, as we say round here.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago Jaxon

Without going off on my long winded style, thanks to you too, Cowboy and if you just go up a few comments to my reply to Anupam, consider it as addressed to you too. I may start spending a bit more time reading the articles and comments here, up till now Gizmo's just been a software grab bag (and a good one)for me. Since I'm only about half smart when it comes to the details maybe I can learn something useful if I hang around enough. Ahh, I see the 'Site Manager' note as I write this, so I'll slip an unrelated (well...everything's 'related' when we're talking computers, no?) question. Is there any section, forum, blog or whatever around here where I can ask questions...like for instance, how would I go about 'secure erasing' my first, and getting a bit old but still very much alive, SLC SSD that sits in a drawer only because I've updated to a newer and much much cheaper MLC SSD (from the same company, begins with an 'S'), but despite it's quality I've used it so much, and mistreated it almost as much, that it needs the erase and I've yet to find something that works. Everything I've tried (all variations of the same thing), I haven't been able to get to work. But I'm ranting on again, so if you're not angry yet maybe you could just point me in the right direction. Thanks and Pura vida to you too. Jaxon

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago MidnightCowboy We do indeed have a forum where you can interact with our editors and other members in addition to requesting support on a wide range of topics. MC - Site Manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/ view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago Anupam Jaxon, I haven't used that software which you are talking about, so I can't say what are the differences between it and Sandboxie. All of the software I use are free ones, so I don't need to go for a commercial software, and therefore, I don't have any idea. But, it sounds like a virtualization based software too, like Sandboxie, so if it works for you, then it's good, and you can keep using it. There are other software like Sandboxie, which work on the principle of virtualization and sandbox, like VirtualBox, ToolWiz Time Freeze, Bufferzone, etc. Sandboxie is lightweight, easy to setup, and easy to use, and that's why many people like Sandboxie. You can read the article, try Sandboxie, and see for yourself how it compares to the other software. Then, you can use the one which you like, and which is easy to use. With Sandboxie, you will not have to wait the extra time that you told about. About antivirus, there are many free excellent antivirus present, and if you are looking for a change, you can try them out. I have been using free antivirus for years now, and haven't been infected, like many others on this site. For longer discussion, please start a thread in the forum (link has been provided by MC in reply to your comment below), and we will have the discussion there. Glad you commented, and it would be good to have more discussion with you. Pura Vida :) view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago fandango

Very long time Gizmo fan. Always read items on Sandboxie but shied away from installing because I was uncertain that I had the knowledge/experience to do so. Your clear and detailed article is a terrific help and has prompted me to now finally act. Thanks, thanks, thanks Anupam.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago Anupam Really my pleasure fandango :).. I am glad that the article will help you in trying out Sandboxie :). Good luck, and please post in the forum, if you have any queries. view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago Jaxon

Thanks again and yes, it clears the 'issue' up completely and is totally understood. When I first started buying my own computers, which is only 7 years ago, I didn't know squat and only went with the best software I could find after intensive research in each category and when I discovered Gizmos I filled in a lot of empty spaces with the, thus far, wonderful stuff you offer. I'm talking screen capture, uninstall software, and various other hardware monitoring and tweaking programs. I'm not sure if I found 18kFanGUI here or not (I'm a Dell fan), but that might be the only software other than my security and backup and image and photo stuff that I didn't get here. I'm not trying to be a kiss up but you really do have a wonderful service and I'm going to start treating it other than just a catalog when I want a program. Evernote is the last 'find' I picked up from you and gee, it's incredible they just give you stuff like that. Am I allowed to mention software that I picked up as a free version here but ended up going on to upgrade to the paid version? Because Object Dock, free version was so great that I discovered that the paid version is twice as nice and if I blab names like that do I face the editing squad again? Again, I'm not being snarky, I'm just learning the rules, ya know? That last question about the dock software I ask because my first computer came with Panda on it but it was a 'trial' deal that you had to pay for if you wanted to keep it. And I found it not top notch as far as security suite type programs go. Being paranoid has been a good thing for me as far as online security goes and though I'd love to stop paying for it, I'm just too chicken about keeping my machine squeaky clean, and I do prefer one tool that does it all to avoid the conflicts and the work involved getting a firewall to get along with the antivirus to get along with the malware, etc. I'm willing to pay for software with an 'autopilot' setting, when it comes to security. But free stuff sure is nice and wallet friendly.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago Anupam Well, we do not want to be too strict, but yes, it would be good if you avoided mentioning commercial software, even if they were the commercial versions of a free software. After all, the site is about freeware, and we would like to keep it that way :). Also, please post in the forum for longer discussions, or out of topic discussions, since your present comment is not related to the topic. We do appreciate your comment though, and also that you find Gizmo's Freeware useful :). view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 8 months ago Mifune

"Quick Guide to Sandboxie"

"Quick" it is not.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 8 months ago Anupam I agree it looks lengthy, but I have tried to make it as short as possible, and have tried to touch all the important concepts of Sandboxie, which a general user will require to understand, to use Sandboxie properly, without problems. I believe it's still quicker than going trying to understand Sandboxie by yourself. view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 8 months ago Mike C

Yeah, I learned most of Sandboxie by myself, and yet I'm still very glad I read this article. The shortcut thing was particularly helpful. And I still think this is one of the most outstanding freewares around.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 8 months ago Anupam Yes, it's a great software :). I am glad you found the article helpful :). view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 10 months ago tedshony

I tried Sandboxie and the options and settings feel lik a maze. Too many settings where I'm not even sure what it's doing.

Toolwiz Timefreeze (freeware) is as simple as it gets. One click starts timefreeze and isolates all changes in a virtual sandbox. One click stops timefreeze and you have the option of keeping all the changes OR dropping all the changes (which automatically restarts your computer).
That's it.

I havn't used Timefreeze long enough to give it a 100% endorsement. But used it for a few days downloading files, deleting files, etc. ..Selecting both options to keep or discard changes and everything worked as advertised.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 10 months ago Anupam I know Sandboxie has many settings, which people find a lot to go through initially. I too had that problem in the beginning. That's why I thought of writing this article, which will help people set up Sandboxie in a quick way, with the necessary settings. You have to spend some time reading the article though. Toolwiz TimeFree is an excellent software no doubt. But, so is Sandboxie. Both are good in their own ways. Toolwiz TimeFreeze has the advantage that it's easy to use with no learning curve at all. It's perfect to test out different software. All you have to do is reboot and the changes are gone. But Sandboxie has it's own advantages too, and is specially good for browsing. With Toolwiz TimeFreeze, you have to apply all the changes into the system at once, or discard them all. Whereas, with Sandboxie, you can just take out a file, or files, and you do not have to commit all the changes to the system. Like, you are browsing, and you downloaded a file.. you can take it out to your real system with Sandboxie easily, but you cannot do that with TimeFreeze. Also, with TimeFreeze you have to reboot the computer. Suppose you tested a software running TimeFreeze... you didn't like it. You have to reboot the computer to get rid of the changes. Whereas with Sandboxie, all you have to do is empty the sandbox and it's gone. Both the software are excellent, and both have their uses. For day to day browsing, I would certainly prefer Sandboxie. For system wide testing and other purposes, I use Toolwiz TimeFreeze. view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 10 months ago sdebo

Different users will need different features. In my case I found the article very useful and will try sandboxie as it matches what I was looking for. Thank you.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 10 months ago bo.elam

Tedshony, the default settings sandbox is designed so it ll be easy for first time users to start using Sandboxie immediately after installing the program, you really don't have to make changes to settings right away. I believe first time users should use the sandbox with default settings for a while and only make changes when they know what they are changing and the reason for making the changes.

For convenience and security, the only changes in settings that I recommend you do after installing Sandboxie for the first time are the following:

1) Set the sandbox to delete on closing.

2) For convenience, I recommend you allow bookmarks to be saved out of the sandbox.

3) Also for convenience, set the sandbox to allow downloads to be recovered out of the sandbox.

Important: set your browser to recover to one of the folders that are in the Quick recovery window. Otherwise, recovering files might seem like its not something smooth and you ll get frustrated. If you set it up correctly, recovering files works perfectly.

As a new Sandboxie user, you should know how antiviruses interact with Sandboxie.

http://www.sandboxie.com/index.php?FAQ_Virus

Let me finish saying that Sandboxies default sandbox was created with first time users in mind, it is well balanced (security and convenience).

Regarding Toolwiz TimeFreeze. Light virtualization programs are great. I use them as well. I use this kind of programs for testing other programs and Sandboxie (Application sandbox) for security.

I ll give you a piece of advise regarding TTF or any other LV programs. It is safer not to save all changes. It is better to use the program to drop all changes after rebooting. If you try a program under TTF and you like it, install it after rebooting.

Bo

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 10 months ago Anupam I have covered majority of the above points in the article already. The article is directed specifically towards new users... so that they make the minimum changes in settings required in order to run Sandboxie without problems. view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 10 months ago Blitz

Brilliant article !!

Thank you for introducing me to Sandboxie !! What an excellent piece of software !! Have been playing with it now for a few days and all I can say is that it says and does what it promotes..

You can also drag 'n' drop programs from your desktop and start menu straight onto the Sandboxie Control Panel and it isolates that program..

Eg; open the Sandboxie Control Panel, click "start", then drag 'n' drop notepad / calculator..

Tweaked it the Sandboxie settings so I have a fluro-green bar around my web-browser and applications that are sandboxed (green for 'good')

Once again, top stuff and top article and it's so easy to use !!

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 10 months ago Anupam Thank you for the appreciation :). I hope you enjoy using Sandboxie and keep safe. view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 8 months ago Martyn39

Apparently I am a Dummy - I can't get over the first hurdle. When I double click the Sandboxed Web Browser icon , Firefox and a couple of other items appear in the Control window but the Firefox item does not show the Firefox icon (just an empty window like the others) and does not show its name within ##, Firefox also does not show in the list of running programs. If I then try to start Firefox sandboxed from the quick launch area I get another entry called called plugin-container. To get a running Firefox I can only do it outside the the sandbox.

What am I missing?

I am running Windows XP

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 8 months ago bo.elam

Hi Martyn, is your XP, 32 or 64 bits? XP 64 bits is not supported by Sandboxie.

If it is 32 bits, Can you run another browser sandboxed? If you haven't tried, try,

Are you getting any Sandboxie messages? If yes, what are the numbers?

Does Firefox opens up when you click on the Sandboxed Web Browser icon or nothing happens?

What antivirus, other security software are you using?

Bo

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 4 months ago clas

i just went thru this article again for a refresher on sandboxie. you are spot on. sandboxie is a must-use for me and as i download a lot, the ability to take stuff out of the sandbox and into my files is very important. since i have been using sandboxie i have had zero problems with any nasties that the jerks of this digital world constantly throw at honest people. thanks again.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 3 months ago roochie

An excellent article, both informative and easy to understand - many thanks!

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 3 months ago Anupam Many thanks for your appreciation :). view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 3 months ago PeterT

Be aware that this is not as easy to use stated. Investigating programme for use by elderly I proceeded to two image searches. One for a picture of a Jaguar cat and one for a picture of a Rolls Royce. On both instances the browser performed exactly as expected until it came to the 'save image as' context menu item. Immediately upon choosing this menu item the browser crashed - this happened in all browsers. Many elderly people like to view/download images from various places like Facebook or Wikipedia so this function is vital. Upon investigation there appears to be no way to contact the company to make enquiry.

I will not be recommending this to any persons in my classes/groups!

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 3 months ago Anupam You are talking about Sandboxie, right? Which version? Which browsers did you use it with? This will require discussion, so please post about it in the forum here, with all possible details about the problem.. like installation, usage, etc. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/freeware-installation-and... view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 3 months ago lowndesw

As usual, ANOTHER EXCELLENT ARTICLE on a very good, and USEFUL, free software. What is so amazing is that expensive, "Paid for" software do not get this kind of in-depth, unbiased, USEFUL, UNDERSTANDABLE, comparative discussion and evaluation. An added bonus is the Comments. I frequently learn a great deal from them, too!!

I have been using SANDBOXIE for years, ever since it was first discussed on GIZMO'S. It has been used on various XP machines, laptops, desktops, Win7, and now Win8.1, 64 bit, with Chrome, Chrome Canary, Firefox, IE, Opera etc. To my knowledge it has always worked flawlessly. It's one of those "must have", first installed programs.

Anyone who has ever had a nasty downloaded on their machine KNOWS that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".

THANK YOU, Anupam, for another excellent article!!

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 3 months ago howiem

I have been using Sandboxie since version 1.x.
I do image searches all the time in my sandboxed browser and I also use a number of browsers. Never encountered this problem in any sandbox or with any browser. The Sandboxie website also has a forum has a forum where issues can be posted.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 3 months ago Anupam lowndesw, thank you so much for your kind words. Really glad you found the article useful :). view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 3 months ago howiem

Rather than set Sandboxie for automatic recovery of downloads, I recommend getting the free VirusTotal Windows Uploader so you can test downloads for malware before recovering from the sandbox by using the right context menu in Windows Explorer | Sendto | VirusTotal
https://www.virustotal.com/en/documentation/desktop-applications/virusto... has the download LINK and a tutorial. Note: The tutorial version shows 2.0, but the download version is 2.2.
https://www.virustotal.com/en/faq/ more details including file upload size limitations:
" What is the maximum file size that can be submitted to VirusTotal?

64MB for the web and email interfaces, 32MB for the API interface by default. Having said this, should you have a strong and justified need to send big files through the API (even larger than 64MB) you can contact us in order to have access to the big files API call. "

There are some other programs similar to VirusTotal at http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/probably-best-free-security-list...
5.1. File scanning with several scanners:

I'm still using VirusTotal 2.0 but will be installing 2.2 shortly.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 3 months ago eikelein

@PeterT

I am offering a substantial bet that the computer you used for your tests is infected with some sort of malware.

And when you post such nasty details more information on what browser(s), version(s) ans OS (version?) would lend your words significant credibility.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 3 months ago Tomnov

@PeterT
You cannot seriously expect full direct support from a company on a FREE version of their software. And as you posted your comment on a Saturday, how many makers of Expensive, paid versions of their software do you think would provide an instant reply on a weekend?
But as howiem suggests in his reply, you could avail yourself of their help/support forum, and receive help within a few days.
Details of your problem would help too.
My guess is that if your default download folder has a very long name, for example on an XP machine so it looks something like c:\living room computer\users and settings\...\...\my documents\downloaded files....
and the path is too long for the browser and/or the operating system, when adding in the path that Sandboxie adds by default for its own folder hierarchy.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 4 years 7 months ago Fairportfan

As of a month or so ago Sandboxie didn't work with Windows 10. (Its driver didn't work.) I haven't tried it now that MS has released what is apparently the RTM version to preview testers.

I think i will try right now, as i have nothing better to do at the moment.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 4 years 7 months ago Fairportfan

Okay - works now. Originally there was an issue with Sandboxie's driver, which must have been resolved.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 4 years 7 months ago Anupam

Thank you for the feedback :). The Sandboxie site does not post about Windows 10 compatability though. On the download page, only XP to Windows 8.1 are mentioned. Anyways, I don't expect any software to be compatible with an OS whose final version hasn't been out yet. Still, development might be going on for compatiblity with Windows 10 for sure. It's a good thing if Sandboxie is working with Windows 10.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 4 years 6 months ago bo.elam

The installer you get at the Downloads webpage at the Sandboxie website is for version 4.20. That version doesn't work in Windows 10. Sandboxies beta version 5.01 is designed to work in Windows 10. The spam filter don't allow me to post the link to the beta installer. You can get it at the Sandboxie forum, look for Subforum Beta Version 5.01.

Bo

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An Office Suite That's Especially Designed For Kids 6 years 9 months ago joeguru Writer's D'Lite (aka Writer's Delight) by Van Loo software, makers of SSuite Office I think is good for kids or novice adults. view
An Office Suite That's Especially Designed For Kids 6 years 8 months ago Anupam It's not actually targeted towards kids. More towards writers. It's one of those distraction free writers. view
An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 6 years 1 month ago eikelein

Wow!

Just did a mini-micro test and WOW!

Only thing I miss is ability to save locally on the computer or flash drive. I want a backup don't I?

I will talk about that on my next radio show. Sure hope that this or similar services one day will give Micro$oft a run for their money. Well, dreaming is allowed, isn't it?

UPDATE about ten minutes later:

Yes, even in the free version you CAN "download" the file in various formats. My LibreOffice loaded and showed the demo.docx file just fine.

I am majorly impressed. Thanks a big bunch to rob.schifreen.

This the sort of thing that makes me regret I could not donate more than I did.

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 6 years 1 month ago Nina_Gorbunova

Rob thank you so much for the review!
We're so happy Teamlab is mentioned with such warm words ))
Thanks a lot, we'll try to keep the quality as high as possible.
Nina, Teamlab Office Marketing Manager

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