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Website of the Week: Worldmeters: Real Time World Statistics 6 years 5 months ago terrawarra

Nice one rhiannon....thanks for sharing !

An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 6 years 2 months ago terrawarra

Good onya Gizmo !

Seasons greetings to you and all the good guys & gals that make up your team.
Whenever I need an honest opinion on any software, I always head straight to Tech Support Alert. I couldn't imagine life without this site.

Best wishes from Bundanoon, Australia.

Website of the Week: Culturally Curious? Check out the Google Cultural Institute 5 years 11 months ago terrawarra

Nice one rhiannon,
so easy to spend a few hours on this one.... some beautiful old black & white pics which I find magnificent.

How to get a Better Windows File Manager 5 years 9 months ago terrawarra

Thanks v.laurie,
I've been having a tough time sorting and transferring many files, photos and docs for a while now. (Windows 7)
My fault entirely for being untidy with my PC "housekeeping"

This has made life so much easier for me.... and it's free !

How to Defer Installing Updates in Windows 10 5 years 6 months ago terrawarra

Summing up ?

If it aint broke, don't fix it !

I've already had one bad windows 10 upgrade that destroyed my internet LAN drivers. I've rolled back to Windows 7 and will stay there until W10 is made more reliable and friendly.

The Ideal Complement To Your Existing Security Software 5 years 5 months ago terrawarra

Thanks Rob !
another nice freebie to add to my defence tool kit.
I haven't installed it yet but will do so later on today.
Can you tell me if it has any significant effects on system resources ?

A Freeware Tool For Rotating Movie Files 5 years 5 months ago terrawarra

Thanks rob,

another case of "just what i needed !"
My son emailed me six videos of a walk-around-virtual tour of the interior of his new house. They are about 12 hours drive from here so we won't be able to get there any time soon to see their house.
.... anyways, the videos that he took using hi phone or ipad were all upside down so I've been turning my computer monitor upside down on the desk to view them. LOL
Yeah, I know that it could have been fixed easily but I'm a tad over the hill (LOL again)

Your nice freebie did it so well !

New Chromium-Based Browser Includes Add-Ins As Standard 5 years 4 months ago terrawarra

Thanks rob,
I've been a dedicated SRWare Iron user for a few years now but I'm going to give slimjet a whirl just to see how it stacks up..... so far, so good.

New Chromium-Based Browser Includes Add-Ins As Standard 5 years 4 months ago terrawarra

Further to my post on 8th October, I've been trialing SlimJet for a few days. Not much difference to my default browser, SRWare Iron.
If anything, SlimJet is a bit slower loading some pages...... so it was worth a try but I'll stay with SRWare Iron.
Thanks rob

Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 5 years 2 months ago terrawarra

Nice one MC.... it's so good to get a freebie like this one with no strings attached !

Merry Christmas

Get Another Instant Email Address 5 years 1 month ago terrawarra

Thanks rob,
I've sometimes used disposable email addresses in the past and found that many of the online sites identified my email address as a fake and asked that I submit another one.
Will give this one a try.

Planetarium. Explore The Sky From Your Desk. 5 years 1 month ago terrawarra

I've tried several times to access this link to Planetarium but it seems to be stuck on their home page. Unresponsive to any of my attempts to proceed any further..... is it just me ?

BTW, I'm using my nexus 7 tablet.

Planetarium. Explore The Sky From Your Desk. 5 years 1 month ago terrawarra

Thank you.... it's working now but it's nice to have an alternative as you suggested.

Avast Free Antivirus 2016 Edition 5 years 4 weeks ago terrawarra

Yes, I agree that Avast is a nice piece of free anti virus......... but, the constant pop-ups forced me to get rid of it last year.
I now use "360 security"...... it's free, it works well and definitely not intrusive, ie. no pop-ups and no adds.

Finds of the Week: The Malware Museum, USB-C Cables Frying Laptops, 20 Useful and Fun Google Search Tricks, 100+ Free Adult Coloring Pages 5 years 2 days ago terrawarra

Thanks rhiannon,

I'm particularly interested in the free colouring pages but I find their site a bit "clunky".

Have to wade through a few links to find the freebie and then there's not a lot of choice.. should be easier or then, maybe it's just me ?

Loads Of New Free Fonts For Your PC 4 years 10 months ago terrawarra

Nice find Rob !... thanks mate !

Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 10 months ago terrawarra

thanks rob,
hmm,.... 192 mb download !

I'll stick to quio 369 TS essentials.... absolutely free, no adds and it works well as noted on this site.

...... and it's a paltry 30 mb download.

I Love This Free Set Of Integrated Techie Tools 4 years 8 months ago terrawarra

...and a thank you from me too rob !
Have to agree with Peter...this is a nice little addition to my tool kit.

Control Google Tracking With This New Privacy Tool 4 years 7 months ago terrawarra

Hmmm.... a tool by Google to track Google to control Google tracking and privacy issues ?

it sounds a bit like the police investigating police !.... no thanks !

Control Google Tracking With This New Privacy Tool 4 years 7 months ago terrawarra

thanks rhiannon.... I meant no disrespect to you for this freebie.
Some folk may find it useful but I'm a bit too old and cynical to trust Google !

Cybercrime. Watch It Happen In Real Time. 4 years 7 months ago terrawarra

All I get is a black screen with nothing happening.
Am I doing something wrong ?

Cybercrime. Watch It Happen In Real Time. 4 years 7 months ago terrawarra

Thanks MC.... I'll have another go at it.

Cybercrime. Watch It Happen In Real Time. 4 years 7 months ago terrawarra

all good now MidniteCowboy.....I just opened the link in IE which is a browser that I never use, and it's working fine.

Now I gotta figure out why it don't work in my default browser, SRWare Iron ?

Improve Clarity And Focus Of Your Digital Photos 4 years 5 months ago terrawarra

Thanks rob and Rhiannon .....
another nice little toy to add to my collection !

What's Connected To Your USB Ports? 4 years 3 months ago terrawarra

Good one !..... thanks rob !

An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 4 years 2 months ago terrawarra

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

An Amazing Photo Library That's Completely Free 3 years 11 months ago terrawarra

Nice find rob !
Something there for everyone..... thank you !

You Have 5 Days To Get This $59.95 Software For Free 3 years 10 months ago terrawarra

Does it shrink large 9.4 DVD size to fit on a 4.7 DVD ?

Finds of the Week: Privacy Tools / Learn to code for free / Graphics for DIY and crafts / Block Windows 10 Creator update 3 years 10 months ago terrawarra

good onya rhiannon !

you've done it again with this weeks hot finds. In particular, the Privacy Tools.

Gizmo's Exclusive: Want To Win This Superb $99 Security Tool? 3 years 10 months ago terrawarra

Thanks rob, another nice find !
It's good to have someone like you batting on our team.
The fact that you approached them and requested some freebies..... and got them, just goes to prove.....
"if ya don't ask, ya don't get" !
Well done !

Glasswire - The Winners Are Announced 3 years 9 months ago terrawarra

thanks again rob..... I wasn't a winner but still love the free version of glasswire ! that you're on a roll, why not try a few more software mobs and see if you can score some more freebie pro stuff !

Using Thunderbird For Email? There Are Add-Ins And They're Great. 3 years 6 months ago terrawarra

For me, Thunderbord works just fine "out of the box".

So I'm wondering, if it aint broke, don't fix it ?

Gizmo's Freeware may be Offline for a Few Hours Tomorrow While we Upgrade our Server 3 years 4 months ago terrawarra

Thanks Ian !.... you're spoiling us now !

"I feel the need for speed" ! (I think I just stole that line from an old movie) LOL
Bundanoon, Australia

Get This Ad Blocker That Works Across Apps and Browsers on Android 3 years 2 months ago terrawarra

Thanks JoJo !....
Just what I've been needing for a long time on my Android phone and tablet.
I can't wait to stick it to those annoying and insulting adds.

Get This Ad Blocker That Works Across Apps and Browsers on Android 3 years 2 months ago terrawarra

Been using it for a few days now.... absolutely the best !, I'm on the lookout for a blocker for those pesky youtube adds on my android phone !
Any suggestions ?

Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 3 years 1 month ago terrawarra

Thanks Ian..... a good read !
Like the vast majority of comments here, you and the Tech Support Alert mob are truly respected.
I liken "techsupportalert" to Robin Hood and his Merry Men... and Women of course.
Taking from the rich and giving to the the form of free technical advice, free and unbiased opinions on software and best of all, the best freeware !
Most of my computer skills and tech savviness (is that a word) ?... can be attributed to this site. Not only from Robin Hood & Co. but the many readers, regulars and contributors that add to the mix.
So.... to you Gizmo and your team as well as your readers, I say Happy New Year to all.
Cheers from Bundanoon, Australia.

AVG Free Antivirus Gets A Smart New Look 3 years 1 month ago terrawarra

Thanks rob,
It's been a few years since I last used AVG as my default anti virus.
For the past few years, I've been using Qihoo 360 and although it's quite good, I do get the odd false positive which is frustrating.
After reading your views on AVG rob,
I'm going to divorce Qihoo 360 and hop into bed with AVG for a fling..... yep, it's time for a change.
As for AVG being flagged as a nasty...... you don't get to stay in business for more than ten years as they have, if it's not good.

My Favourite Ad Blocker. Now Open Source Too. 2 years 11 months ago terrawarra

Thanks rob !....
does it also block YouTube adds ?

This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 2 years 9 months ago terrawarra

Nice one rhiannon !

you can never have too many weapons in the arsenal to fend off these creeps.

Thank you !

Discover Something Interesting to Read Each Day 3 months 3 weeks ago terrawarra

Good one rhiannon,
something nice to get into in these Corona times.and forget about life for a while

My Favoured Youtube Downloader Of The Moment 6 years 7 months ago tertuliano

I still stick to Freemake Video Coverter, recommended some time ago:

For almost all I needed, it has worked flawlessly.

Best Free Reminder and To-do List for Android 6 years 9 months ago tesla33

I am desperately looking for a Task/To Do List that can do these three things:

a) attach a photo as a note to a task, and
b) attach a Call Button/Contact Button to a task.
c) Have a proper task widget to add and complete tasks

As incredible as this may seem, there is not a single app (I am aware of) that can do all! Please, somebody tell me I am wrong.

P.S. I realise that Any.Do may actually be able to do that. But Any.Do can't do... uhmm ... anything else :) Others?

P.P.S. Good list, good write-up BUT as a Task/To Do List, I personally find isoTimer a really poor choice. The Task widget is useless, adding and handling of tasks and navigation in general is really convoluted and visually... well, the early 2000s called, they want their calendar back.
Also, not allowing tasks without due date is simply unacceptable.

Best Free Reminder and To-do List for Android 6 years 8 months ago tesla33

Thank you for the reply. To be fair, a task list/to do is an app where a lot of personal preference comes into play and I think I need to make clear that while I personally would not use iso timer it is neither a bad or a broken app :) I tend to forget that my personal priorities are not generally applicable.
I will keep looking and - if that is ok - put my experience in the comments here.
Cheers ;)

How I Set Up a Home File Server For Free - A Review of FreeNAS 5 years 2 months ago Tesla6c

The latest (v9.3.1) "FreeNAS requires 8GB of RAM to run properly" - could you state which version you used and the hardware you installed it on? This information will be useful for those trying to use their old hardware.

How To Stop "This Website Uses Cookies" Notice Pop Up In Your Browser 1 year 2 months ago testguy

There's still a good way to avoid annoying banners and at the same time comply with the law. Not applicable to all the services of course, but may be a good solution for visitors tracking and analytics for example:

Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 5 years 7 months ago texaganian

This and everything do completely different things. Everything can find files _by file name_ and using regexes if you wish. It is blazingly fast and yet doesn't have to build or maintain indexes because it uses the one maintained by NTFS itself. Brilliant concept, extraordinarily well done and massively useful.

Astro Grep, on the other hand, like any grep variant or descendant, searches flexibly for CONTENT in files. I haven't looked at this package yet but if it doesn't support booleans that would make it much less flexible than it should be and a deal killer for me.

But there are LOTS of Windows greps out there. I use Bare Grep extensively, though not for the exact same use case as the OP does.

Best Free Streaming Media Recorder 7 years 7 months ago texasbigbird54

I just finished testing Jing, CamStudio and Debut (free version) for use in recording streaming videos to save on my computer. I have a Win 7, 64 bit machine. In my opinion, Debut wins hands down in this regard for ease of use and video quality while keeping the file size small. I had a lot of problems and errors with CamStudio 2.7 and became frustrated after tinkering with it for most of an afternoon. I got great results using their lossless codec, but the file sizes were astronomical, and using other codecs resulted in poorer quality than with Debut. Sometimes after recording I could not save the file to disk as I would receive an error and the recording would just disappear. The program was just in a word...clunky. Jing was a total waste of time. I should have read the fine print, as a five minute recording limit is worthless to me, so I immediately uninstalled it without further use. Otherwise, Jing may be a good program if short video captures is all you would need.

Best Free PIM 5 years 5 months ago texastechy

I'm getting a virus warning when trying to download WinPim. Kaspersky is preventing download.

Best Free Memory Optimizer 7 years 3 weeks ago texastechy

CleanMem - very useful. I waited too long to install this since reading the "Special Note" near the top of this article... about windows 7 optimizing memory well, and third party Ram managers not being needed. (not true)

I'm happy to report that my Ram use after installing CleanMem on my Win7 64bit PC has shown a marked improvement. Now that I have 8 gb of ram it's not the issue it used to be. But it's always irritated me that certain programs use so much ram and don't seem to release it. Before installing CleanMem my free ram would remain in the 3-4 gb range. Now it's staying in the 5+ gb range even with many apps running. Apparently CleanMem DOES make a difference. I'm not going to tell you it's needed. You'll need to decide that. But it does work if you're looking to free up Ram use.

Best Free Sticky Notes Utility 7 years 8 months ago texastechy

was using 7 sticky for a short time but found some bugs. like I could not put more than a few hyperlinks in a note before it started not recognizing the links. otherwise seemed to work well.

Best Free File Manager 4 years 8 months ago texastechy

might want to update this so that people know FreeCommander XE is not compatible with Windows 10.
I could not get it to work.

Best Free Screen Capture Tool 7 years 6 months ago texastechy

Many of these screen capture tools seem to use a lot of processor power or something because my PC noticeably feels and acts slower while capturing the screen. It's great to have all those additional features but when I want to capture to PDF quickly and easily Screen Grab Pro works really well and feels snappy. Then I do a quick Ocr on the pdf making it searchable. The other one that I like is the last freeware version of Faststone Image Capture.

Best Free Screen Capture Tool 6 years 1 month ago texastechy

have to agree with Anupam. even though a lot of time is spent on browsers these days, I have little use for a browser only add-on, when another good tool will do it all on my screen without a browser. however, I often look in the comments section like this for other ppls ideas. and will check out that add on.

Best Free Windows Explorer Add-ons 8 years 1 week ago texastechy

I think this must be the longest article page on Gizmos- Sometimes too much info is not helpful.
I installed QTTAbbar and almost gave up on it till I finally realized how to access the options area so i could delete and change groups and access other features. The article here might do better by just pointing out the main points and telling quickly how to use the program otherwise one can get lost in all the feature details. i.e. QTTabBar has many additional settings you can tweak from the Options pane. To do this, right-click an empty part of the tab bar, and select Options.

But, now that I've found the options I totally love QTTabbar. BTW, It is compatible with Win 7.

Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 7 years 5 months ago texastechy

I realize it's hard to review all the music apps out there so I second the recommendation for RocketPlayer. tried about a dozen others and this one worked best for me. biggest problem in most music players is the user interface and the limitations inerrant on a cell phone. that is why i like Rocket. keep up the good work, and love the ratings and pros/cons sections for each product.

How to Find Out If You Are Secretly Connected to the Internet 7 years 7 months ago texastechy

Kdyer recommended Sysinternal's TCPView. that's good too, but does not show as much detail as CurrPorts. for example the executable path on your pc is useful, it's not always clear just from the .exe name itself so I prefer CurrPorts. however, TCPView just showed me a device driver that was turning red off and on. it was an extra video card that is not being used. So it helped me disable that.

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

This is a really good resource website. I downloaded all the MS Office manuals and they are well done. Very nicely organized with good graphics and easily explained topics. A great model for anyone thinking of creating their own manual. I also really like their site. well laid out and intuitive to the eye. no I dont' work for them lol. I just appreciate well designed sites. Keep it up Gizmos.

This Stunning Online Publishing System Is Currently Free To Use 7 years 4 months ago texastechy

haha, yes eikelein, I tell this to designers all the time. I have ditched otherwise great programs because they require too much squinting for frequent use.

How to Keep Google from Putting Your Name and Picture in Their Ads 7 years 4 months ago texastechy

thanks for the news. when I went to the link above it was already un-checked. guess that means I'm safe?

The Best Free Screenshot Tool I Have Used 6 years 5 months ago texastechy

Just tried Sharex but prefer PicPic still. Pic does a better job of editing after capture and navigation and interface are easier to use. sharex does have a ton of features most of which I will never use making it a bit confusing. Do like the circle, triangle, diamond shape captures though but again don't use those often. Video capture is nice too but without the ability to add my own narration I must turn to other apps for that.

Want A Constant Readout Of Who's Connected To Your LAN? 5 years 11 months ago texastechy

Good Idea Remah.
I just logged into my router and confirmed each device connected to it and renamed them for easy reference in the future.

An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 5 years 3 days ago texastechy

I have used CCleaner for many years and never had any trouble cleaning old registry keys. In fact it seemed to make things better. By contrast I have found uninstaller programs broke more things than ever and I can still remember the horrors with that. Newer programs or operating systems seemed to have fixed uninstall errors. Have not had one in ages except for MS office problems. I use Revo Pro which works gr8.

Fancy A New Windows Start Menu For Free? 4 years 11 months ago texastechy

Had to install start menu 8 just to be sure. Didn't realize there was a paid version and a free version. But Classic Shell, as per prior comments is far better and faster.

An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 3 months 3 days ago TexasVet

This article update shows 25 Nov 2020. Thanks and great article. The comments are pretty old but I'll post anyway.
Ive.been using Sandboxie 5.33.3 for some time on windows 10 and all has been ok until recently. With a recent Firefox update to v83 Sandboxie doesn't run with this error: "The procedure entry point ?CreateAndStoreEarlyBlankWindow@mozilla@@YAXPEAUHINSTANCE_@@@Z could not be located in the dynamic link library C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe.

From the comments below the real question is, where do I go to get the latest stable version of Sandboxie that works with Firefox and I guess Win10, tho' I don't see Win10 as part of my problem.

Thanks and happy Thanksgiving

An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 3 months 2 days ago TexasVet

Appreciate the feed back Mike C. I'm not going to assume that the Sandboxie/Firefox difficulty I'm having will be cured but I will try the newer version of Sandboxie.
Thanks again

An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 6 years 2 months ago TexasVet

Many thanks and great successes in the new year to techsupportalert/ Gizmo/Midnight Cowboy and all the software reviewers that enable the rest of us to remain safe and secure on our various platforms. The free stuff is a very nice addition also. :-_))

The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 5 years 10 months ago TexasVet

Great looking site upgrade. Seems common sensical enough for me. Thanks.
With so much software available it's easier to pick the platform and OS for a solution than wading through all the stuff that is N/A in a particular solution category..

F.Lux Gets A Big Update And It's Still My Favourite 3 years 6 months ago TexasVet

I love f.lux and thank techsupportalert for bringing it to my attention. I went to the site for the update and it doesn't download anywhere on my pc. tried it twice and NOPE. I'm still on v 3.10
I will try again later...

2AM next day... NADA nothing happens. I used 'everything' to find all flux files, only 3.10 exists.

A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 11 months ago TexasVet

Been a long run rob. Appreciate all the goodies you found for us. Peace, Prosperity and Health to you.

Gizmo's is Saved! A Hearty Thanks to all who Donated 2 years 7 months ago TexasVet

I agree about Patreon. Many, many youtube folks have moved due to questionable policy adjustments. I, like the mentioned pensioner, am on a fixed income so regular commitment could sometimes be difficult. (how's that for bad grammar)

Prevent Microsoft from Installing Edge Chromium on Windows 10 1 year 1 month ago TexasVet

Hey folks, thanks for all you do. I am running Windows 10 1803. I downloaded the toolkit to a new folder, ran the exe as admin, opened an admin cmd prompt, entered the .cmd string with /b at the end.
I got this response EdgeChromium_Blocker.cmd is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
I can't tell I did anything wrong or out of sequence so...

I don't use MS Edge so it doesn't really matter. Firefox is current browser.

Prevent Microsoft from Installing Edge Chromium on Windows 10 1 year 1 month ago TexasVet

Thanks for that rhiannon, The key not being in the registry to start with was one point I didn't consider, go figure. Microsoft is Microsoft eh, who knew?

Stuck at home? This list can make being inside easier 11 months 1 day ago TexasVet

Going above and beyond, now that's tech support. Good on ya Gizmo and team.

Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 2 years 7 months ago TexasVet

Thanks for all the years of great service to our community. With this request for help I looked back and found that 3 years ago was my last monetary support, so it's about time eh? Tech Support is ALWAYS my first goto for PC/Windows/Software help. Always. Keystroke (march) on!

Thank You for Donating 5 years 4 months ago TexasVet

Thanks to Midnight Cowboy and the Herd for all the time and hard work spent providing the best PC software info found anywhere. Worth every penny, even when I donate, and it's cheap too.
May Gizmo's future be bright.

Thank You for Donating 2 years 7 months ago TexasVet

Done and Done. Thank You comment on other page. Thanks again Gizmo.

Thank You for Donating 4 months 1 week ago TexasVet

Glad 2 see all the support donations. Ditto for me, glad to help, you folks are the best. God Bless and be safe,be healthy.

Mozilla Firefox 2 years 7 months ago TexasVet

Hey folks, I have resisted the change to FireFox or Google browsers since I started with windows 98SE, so a long time. The reason is I never fully trusted myself to delve into areas that were too techie for me.
Now I am on Windows 10 and IE 11 and Yahoo mail tells me it will no longer support IE11 as of July 31 2018 and that I should switch to FF or Ggle, So, my question is twofold The discussion by gizmo.richards on FF ( doesn't say anything about IE11 or Microsoft Edge in relation to FF use, so should it and 2. Can I install FF for Yahoo and use M Edge or IE11 alternately.
I just am not confident enough to run 3 browsers but am also concerned about the learning curve for an entirely new browser.

Mozilla Firefox 2 years 7 months ago TexasVet

Thank you

Gizmo's Exclusive: Get This $29.95 Sync Tool Free If You're Quick! 4 years 5 months ago tgallag

Maybe a dumb question but if I want to modify so it syncs one way (local to cloud) which way do I have to set the arrow? The choices are "Sync from right to left" and "Sync from left to right." It is not clear to me which is which and the on-line help documentation was no help.

Best Free Drive Cloning Software 6 years 2 weeks ago tgellert

Why is Todo backup not on this list? It has more features in their free version than most of these ones listed here. The latest is version 8.0 now and I highly recommend it.

Freak Attack: Patch Is On The Way 5 years 11 months ago tgellert

Thanks for the update....I was worried about your computer...

Free And Easy Online File Conversions 4 years 10 months ago tgellert

There is a HUGE risk of someone getting your personal info when using a FREE online converter - of any type - for any type of conversion. When you upload your file(s) the server at the opposite end now has your file! I find it crazy to use such services. I know of 2 people that wanted to convert their tax return (PDF format) converted to some other format and had their identity stolen - 2 separate people. You have been warned.

Best PC Games of the Decade 4 months 1 week ago tgellert

I thought this was a shareware/freeware site. I am not sure how this article is relevent.

DriveImage XML 6 months 1 week ago tgellert

This program was cool years ago when there were not so many choices. These days the free versions of Easeus TODO backup, Macrium Reflect Free or even Mini Tool Shadow Maker Free are way better options for WIndows 10.

Two New Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 7 years 5 months ago thaff59

Ok people....I got it figured out for this problem with windows 8 and the safe mode thing. Do exactly what it tells you above. Enter this command: bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy. Restart then boot up again. Then shut down or restart. Upon that process hold down not just the F8 key, but the windows key and the F8 key at the same time. I think they failed to mention that above. Holding the F8 key alone won't work. I just hold both key's down at the same time and don't release until the screen pop's up. Let me know how you make out. Remember to make note of of the ms dos commands just incase you want to reverse it. Always make notes. Can't stress that enough! Good Luck........Todd

Play Transport Tycoon Deluxe on Your Windows PC 7 years 9 months ago thamessitter

DO NOT under any circumstances download Simutrains, it is full of Maleware, took me a long time to get rid of it. You've been warned. This gave my computer the worst infection I've even known. If anyone has experienced or Babylon, which are all Maleware and therefore very dangerous, you have had nothing until you have got, it has all of them wrapped up together so leave Simutrains alone, and it's no way as good as Transport tycoon anyway.

Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 7 years 1 week ago thaneshpr

If you are using Chrome, I highly recommend the extension: Youtube Options.

It gives you a detailed option so you can decide specifically which part(s) of Youtube you like to see and which parts to hide.

What's even better is that the setting will be imposed automatically for any youtube video you come across, you don't have to copy/paste links to a different website.

Best Free Email Software 7 years 4 weeks ago The BlackRat

M2 (Opera) is also the best choice for me. Although I found that the integration within the browser was great (I am sad that they do not give the option to keep it inside Opera Browser). The new version has a lack of customisation features that were available when it was part of the browser.
But it is extremely fast and perfect for me.

12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems 6 years 1 month ago The Entity

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

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

Novabench Score: 2040
Tested on Nov 19, 2017

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

CPU Score 672
Clocked 4371

RAM Score 307 (16GB DDR4 3200)

GPU Score 1225

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

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

Access This Radio And Scan The Airwaves From Your PC! 6 years 10 months ago The Flying Irish

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

Best Free FTP Client 7 years 11 months ago The Gene Thanks for the response, I will certainly have a good look at the claim you make of it not being able to connect to a normal FTP client, and definitely report back on this..... I am also currently testing FTPRush, anf will add my review on that soon as well. view
Best Free Notes Organizer 9 months 2 days ago The Saint

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

Get the classic Windows 7 and 8 Calculator in Windows 10 2 years 4 months ago the.boffin

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

Best Free DVD Ripper 3 years 3 months ago theelostone

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

Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 7 years 6 days ago theelostone

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

Best Free PDF Writer Software 3 years 3 months ago theEmperor

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

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

A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 7 years 3 weeks ago TheHubster

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