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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 7 years 4 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 7 years 4 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 7 years 4 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 6 years 7 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 6 years 7 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 6 years 7 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 6 years 6 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 6 years 6 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 6 years 6 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 6 years 6 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 6 years 4 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 6 years 4 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 6 years 3 weeks 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 11 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 11 months ago Anupam Many thanks for your appreciation :). view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 5 years 3 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 5 years 3 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 5 years 3 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 5 years 2 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 7 years 5 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 7 years 5 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 9 months 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 9 months 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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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 6 years 9 months ago Nina_Gorbunova

Eikelein, wow! This is the type of comments we really love to receive! Thank you for the interest)
And yes, as you already mentioned it's possible to download your document in any format with no limitations.
Again, thanks for trying and evaluating.
Please, feel free to get in touch if you have any questions

Best,
Nina, Teamlab Office Marketing Manager

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 6 years 9 months ago jandbrare

Not a good start: I can't register. Nothing happens when I click on the icons to register.

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 6 years 9 months ago Nina_Gorbunova

Dear jandbrare, sorry for the inconvenience. Please, let us help you and send more details to nina.gorbunova(at)teamlab.com
Our technical specialists confirm that everything works fine at the moment, so there's probably an unknown mistake.

Thanks in advance,
Best regards,
Nina

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 6 years 9 months ago stratos

Reminds me of how I didn't manage to try Microsoft Office 360. When I went through all the pain of registration and sumbitting and agreeing and what else, I couldn't start Word. And I couldn't start Excel, either. Both gave me server errors. When I contacted support, they told me that I hadn't turned something on. So I gave up.

Hope this one is easier to try.

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 6 years 9 months ago jandbrare

I couldn't login with Chrome. IE worked fine. There was no pop-up blocker indicated in Chrome, however. Watch this the see my effort with Chrome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bHrMJWJT-s

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 6 years 9 months ago Bywater

Checked out the demos. Terrific!

Would love to use this office suite, but want no part of Facebook or Google+. Fingers crossed the TeamLab clan can come up with a way to accommodate refuseniks like me.

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 6 years 9 months ago Nina_Gorbunova

Will forward this idea to the developers - thank you! We're glad you like the demos)

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 6 years 9 months ago Nina_Gorbunova

Dear Stratos, we did our best to make it as easy as possible to try Teamlab processors. Hope, you already had a chance to check) Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 6 years 9 months ago Nina_Gorbunova

Jandbrare, thanks a lot for the video, I'll forward it to our technical specialists to figure out what happened.

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 6 years 9 months ago David Morgan

Same request here, I'm a FB and Google denier.

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 6 years 9 months ago Nina_Gorbunova

Hello Jandbrare! We've checked the issue. Most probably there can be some blocking plugin. However you can register in Chrome using this link https://personal.teamlab.com/auth.aspx?from=facebook
Hope it helps!

Best,
Nina

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 6 years 9 months ago David Roper

Same as Bywater, I AM a FB user but I want no part of marrying it to whatever I am doing about downloading software. Please lemme know when it's available as a DL the old fashioned way... at 110/150/300 baud.

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 6 years 8 months ago brunetu

I like it more than the web alternatives, but it still doesn't offer the basic ability of editing the formatting styles. The spreadsheet I haven't tried but I'm also expecting it to probably miss some important feature like sorting. Maybe web apps still need time. Great that it is available as a download to use at home on the network for the whole family though. Thanks for the tip. I'm giving this find 5 stars.

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

Hi David! Just wanted to let you know, that we have added registration via email. personal.onlyoffice.com
Would be great to hear your thoughts :-)

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

Hello Bywater!
Just wanted to give you an update - we have rebranded Teamlab Office to ONLYOFFICE and implemented sign up via email - hope there are no obstacles anymore! ;-)
personal.onlyoffice.com

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 4 years 1 month ago bestyet

I've only used it for a document so far but I really like it. Worked on the document from 3 different locations and 3 different computers. Thank you!!!

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An Open Source and Secure Messenger App Supporting Multiple Platforms 9 months 4 weeks ago C G Curtis

Does Signal integrate with WhatsApp and/or Messenger or is it standalone. It would be a big job to get a significant number of friends onto a new messenger App

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An Open Source and Secure Messenger App Supporting Multiple Platforms 9 months 4 weeks ago Jojo Yee @C G Curtis, Signal is a separate service from WhatsApp and/or Messenger. view
An Open Source and Secure Messenger App Supporting Multiple Platforms 9 months 1 week ago sbouniol

2 major points of Signal to add to your description IMHO:

1) it is not tied to any DataLoss Leaders with proven track records of privacy violations

2) you can use it including with VoIP phone numbers unlike whatsapp/viber etc... This is especially important for preserving proper big data cross references against metadata.

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An Update For Every Techie's Favourite Tool 3 years 10 months ago TheIntersect

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

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

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

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An Update For Every Techie's Favourite Tool 3 years 10 months ago pvilan

Thanks Rob for informing us about this update for this very useful tool.

Peter

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An Update For Every Techie's Favourite Tool 3 years 10 months ago Sgluber

+1
:-)

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An Update For Every Techie's Favourite Tool 3 years 10 months ago AJNorth

The changelog for version 16.20: "This release of Process Explorer, a powerful process management and diagnostic utility, adds reporting of process Control Flow Guard (CFG) status and dynamically updates to reflect changes to process Data Execution Prevention (DEP) configuration." (This, and other useful information, may be found at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb545021.aspx ).

Past changelogs may be found at http://www.softpedia.com/progChangelog/Process-Explorer-Changelog-15387.html .

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An Update For Every Techie's Favourite Tool 3 years 10 months ago budchekov

+ 2
:)

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago PhilR_SoT

I've been using LightShot - which is also free - this program seems pretty similar. For information, there's also a LightShot extension for the Forefox browser.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago crombierob

I am the only person in the world that loves accumulating screen shots in Tabs ?
PicPick effortlessly opens each grab in individual Tabs in PicPick's editor.
You can go to it a wee bit later, and annotate (etc), and then choose to save them with whatever names you choose.
I can never go back to programs that lack that feature

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago pvilan

Thanks Rob.
I completely agree with you when you write about Greenshot. I am using it (almost every day) since you recommended this tool (may be two years ago).
Previously, I have tested many others. But now, it is the only one I have in my laptop.
Regards
Peter

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago Australia

Hi Rob
Your work in testing freeware should be applauded, you are a wonderful source of information

Greenshot has a lot of options, when all I need is to copy a screenshot to the clipboard, not to edit it nor to save it to the hard drive

For my uses, I needed to deactivate a lot of options to do the simple task of copying a screenshot to the clipboard (using Quick Preferences)

If I may suggest, two shortcomings in your review:
1)Not mentioning the software requires a lot of system resources (59MB memory on my Windows 7 system)
The alternative screenshot software I use, only requires 5MB of memory

2)Not mentioning there is a portable version of Greenshot available
The Greenshot webpage link you provide also does not indicate that a portable version exists

Whenever you recommend software, I enter it in a Google search with the word "portable"
I found a portable version on another reputable website

Good software, but the system resources use makes it less desirable than some other software alternatives, for the simple uses I require

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago tommyzulu

I use Snipping Tool which is built into Windows. I've put a shortcut on my taskbar so it is always available. I'm not sure what Greenshot offers that this doesn't but mine does everything I've ever wanted...

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago Geekomatic

In Linux Mint, I use Shutter. It does this & more.

Since leaving MS Windows in 2009, I have never looked back. So many better open-source programs out there. And, I contribute to each of them directly.

Rob-- you are an amazing person to do all that you do. Thank you & cheers from AU!

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago willrun4fun

Same. Simple and it's already there.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago Mark S.

My good old standby for screen capture is Irfanview (which I use as an image viewer as well). It's quick, simple, effective, and does everything I need, and more.

It has plenty of options for capturing, including full desktop, foreground window, client area of foreground window, custom rectangle, etc., and plenty of options for what to do with the image(s) after capture. But normally it just takes a couple of key presses, and it's done.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago yogi22

I like the browser addon FireShot.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago andrews

I will keep Greenshot when I need to do more robust image editing. Another great free options for windows is the "Snip" form Microsoft Windows Garage https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/garage/project-details.aspx?project=snip Its a big improvement over the windows default snipping tool, no need to bookmark as it can be summoned with key. It also has a desktop popup window hides in the margins and expands with mouseover.

About the only thing it does not do is capture content that requires scrolling and I really like that it saves copies of all the Snips in a ibrary and has basic markup capability. The delayed capture is awkward to find and use but its there. One tip is if you want the entire screen just click in the screen or hit enter you want to capture once. to grab a region use the mouse to select it.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago astral_cyborg

I use it through ShareX and I totally agree with the article.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago RichardN

Another vote here for PicPic! I find it invaluable as I often want to add something to the item that I've captured or compare alternative versions before saving the one I want.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago pecarroll

I'll give your suggestion a try, but might find it hard to beat FastStone Capture, which has the following modes: Scrolling Window, Freehand, Rectangle, Full Screen, Active Window. .

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago FJL

Screenshot Captor from Donationcoder has served me well over the years on many Windows computers. Small footprint for the features.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago HisSon

I have the Microsoft "Snipping Tool" pinned to my Task Bar.

Appreciate your suggestion Rob. These always lead to additionally interesting comments and suggestions.

Merry Christmas to all!

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago lunchbeast

Can Greenshot capture the Start menu, application menus, context bubbles, etc? Most screen capture utilities miss those when they disappear after you click back on the utility....

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago pvilan

lunchbeast:
Yes, clicking on PrtSc.
In Greenshot tthis key is "Capture region"

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago footpatrol

A MAJOR shortcoming in Greenshot is that it cannot capture screens that require scrolling; please post// review programs that do this. Many times I wish to capture an image on the screen for which I need to scroll down a bit to capture the region, yet many tools do not allow this type of capture to be done. For most things I've just used the "Snipping Tool" in Windows accessories.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago Kumar_Shah

For the life of me I can't think of one thing this does different/better than the Windows built in utility, Snipping Tool.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago bili_39

While I use Snipping tool a lot, it's pain for marking and adding comments. Also quick sorting and saving of screenshots is not very practical...

I'm using Screenpresso for complex screenshots (great free tool).

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago FrankB

Been using Nimbus Screen Shot, a browser addon that is very handy.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago crombierob

bill_39
I have just written to them, suggesting they add TABS to their editor.
The moment they do that, I will check it out

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago budchekov

Agreed,

Still love and frequently use FastStone Capture 5.3, the last free version..

@Merry Christmas and Happy New Year y'all :)

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago wildweaselkeeper

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

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 3 years 10 months ago mchldpy

at footpatrol,
You said, "... I need to scroll down a bit to capture the region ...".
Did you scroll because the 'area to capture' is bigger than your screen size? My third party app (Lightscreen) requires me to scroll and take another full screen shot.
My Firefox extension "Screengrab" will take the whole page, no matter how many screens it consist of. I was not aware of a third party app with that functionality that was not a browser extension.

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 4 years 8 months ago Joe A.TT

Well, errr... according to Piriform themselves, there's been a new version of Piriform every month since July 2008.

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/version-history

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 4 years 8 months ago Anupam To avoid toolbar or any other unwanted software with CCleaner, users should download either the portable version, or the slim version, from here: https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/builds The slim version is made available atleast a week after CCleaner is updated with a new version. The slim version does not have any bundled software with it. I always choose to wait for slim version. view
An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 4 years 8 months ago Zenegog

Frequently, I run CCleaner's cleaner and its registry cleaner, before running Wise Care 365's Free PC Checkup tool. It keeps my system optimized and smooth. I'd recommend everyone doing the same - brilliant.

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 4 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy

Our recommendation is that only users with advanced knowledge of Windows should ever run software capable of deleting registry keys. This includes so called tweaking tools that contain a registry component. The benefits of using such tools are marginal at best and certainly dangerous in inexperienced hands. I have seen more Windows systems broken by this type of software than by infection or any other cause and I have never seen one run faster as a result. There are many reasons why computers become slow but none of these can be fixed by messing around with the Windows registry. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.howtogeek.com/162683/pc-cleaning-apps-are-a-scam-heres-why-an...

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 4 years 8 months ago Gil Mensch

Agreed. I've used the free version of CCleaner for years. It's a great product. They do seem to release a new version every month - I'm guessing in order to get their users to visit their website every month and get the pitch for the Pro version each time - with incremental changes that for the most part are invisible to the average user. If you update your CCleaner a few times a year, you should be fine. And I agree with Midnight Cowboy. Unless you know what you are doing, you are more likely to cause yourself harm than good by running a Registry Cleaner. I do know what I am doing, and I am careful.

Free CCleaner includes other utilities as well: a rudimentary cookie manager, a program uninstaller, a startup program manager, a disk analyzer (to tell you how much space each different file type is taking up on your hard disk), a basic duplicate file finder, a Restore Point manager, and a drive wiper.

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 4 years 8 months ago KenA

I use inly the clean-up feature of CCleaner but combine this with SlimCleaner by Slimware which, in my opinion, does a better job. Have you ever reviewed SlimCleaner?

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 4 years 8 months ago BillK

I also run CCEnhancer from Singular Labs which adds support for cleaning over 1,000 new programs.
https://singularlabs.com/software/ccenhancer/
I download the program into the CCleaner folder.
The first time it is run you should see more programs appear in the CCleaner Applications menu.

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 4 years 8 months ago crosseyedlemon

To ensure I only get the application I want and no 'extras' I use a tiny utility called Unchecky which was a great find I came across here at Gizmos some time ago.

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 4 years 8 months ago crosseyedlemon

Hmmm. Both CCleaner and WiseCare365 seem to be 'tweaking tools' and they both have a registry component. I get the impression that the Gizmo staff themselves are divided about the value of these applications. Rob is obviously a supporter of CCleaner of else he wouldn't have posted this article. I think everyone agrees that a certain level of understanding should exist before users use any tool that could seriously damage their computer performance.
P.S. The article you provide a link to is terrible as it passes judgement on all cleaning programs based on its experience with just one.

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 4 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy

I can only report what I saw during my years servicing dead computers in partnership with one other person. By far the majority cause of unbootable Windows systems was the use of registry cleaners. Some are more aggressive than others but the two main culprits in my part of the world were RegClean and what was then Advanced Windows Care, now Advanced System Care. There are hundreds of posts about this issue, these are just a couple from my own bookmarks.

http://forum.piriform.com/?showtopic=20377
http://www.sevenforums.com/backup-restore/179808-ccleaner-has-wrecked-my...

The second one highlights a common escalation of the issue in that once things go wrong, users often start with system restore, uninstall a bunch of stuff or even run yet another registry tool. The cumulative effect is a non-fixable Windows system, and this is what we saw pretty much every day and in crowds at weekends. MC - Site Manager.

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 4 years 8 months ago eikelein

MC, I fully second your motion.
There are posts in this thread that make my spine curl ;-) Like KenA using SlimWare utilities or Zenegog using Wise Care's 365 stuff. I know YMMV but my experience is that I saw way too many messed up systems that were running programs like these.

And I just LOVE cosseyedlemon's remark about the HTG article. He seems not even to have read the article; right up front in that article the HTG says "PC cleaning apps are digital snake oil" and "Windows includes built-in PC cleaning tools that can do almost all of what the average PC cleaning app will do for you". HTG is IMHO one of the best computer "advice" web sites for end users out there and I trust them.

Not only does that all confirm my hands-on experience, it shows too that "opinions" count for some people more than facts repeatedly proven. But then again, that mirrors life, doesn't it? Sigh...

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 4 years 8 months ago eikelein

Crosseyedlemon,
that only introduces another layer of unnecessary complexity. For years now I use ONLY the portable version of Ccleaner because it's Cleaner (the temp file delete function) is so much faster than Windows' Disk Cleanup.
Even if I did use the installer version I am sufficiently grown-up to detect and uncheck unwanted toolbar installers!

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 4 years 8 months ago classicggma65

Used the free version for about a year before getting the Pro version. The first few months I used CCleaner I didn't think, or know, what to check or uncheck for cleaning. Learned very fast, especially when had a few problems...asked Microsoft Forum and had my fingers rapped neatly by people there who told me to Never clean my Registry. I am tech-challenged still, but am working on what is good to use and what is bad. Still use CCleaner but have unchecked every box in the registry section. Do like the cleaning it does on temporary files and have not had a bit of trouble since.

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 4 years 8 months ago swreynolds

I tried CCleaner once. It removed so little junk that I didn't use it again. Look at DriveTidy or Find Junk Files if you want junk files removed. Caution, not for the feint of heart.

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 4 years 8 months 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.

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 4 years 8 months ago godel

I agree about CCEnhancer but it slows CCleaner's operation significantly, so after you've ticked all the boxes of stuff you want deleted, run CCEnhancer's Trim function (under Advanced tab).

It speeds up things a lot.

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 4 years 8 months ago godel

CCleaner's Registry function is one of the mildest and safest ones out there.

It gets rid of less stuff, but it's pretty safe.

I think I've also used the Registry cleaner in Glary Utilities safely, but you shouldn't have to clean your registry often.

Memory comes flooding back; Windows Secrets (pay walled) website did a test on registry cleaners last year, and I'm pretty sure CCleaner actually sped up boot times on a "dirty" OS, and it was the only one tested that did.

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 4 years 8 months ago Zenegog

What about CCleaner's registry cleaner? Obviously it's probably the most-used computer maintenance software and I haven't seen anything about it's registry cleaner causing havoc.

I just use CCleaner for registry cleaning, Is Wise Care's registry cleaner in the PC Checkup tool as intense as it's main registry cleaning tool?

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 4 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy

You can see various entries by searching the Piriform forum.

The fact is, no automated registry key deleting tool is guaranteed to be safe. If it was, there would be no need for a backup feature. :)

Fact also, you can have thousands of obsolete entries in your Windows registry and removing them won't make a measurable jot of difference to your computer speed or smoothness which are the two most favorite terms used by vendors of registry tools. The problem is these tools are programmed to work in a clean, functional version of Windows. Over time most systems can have user instigated corruptions that will hardly impair your system enjoyment and likely won't even be noticeable... until you run a registry tool. When said tool mis-identifies keys in these circumstances, deleting them can trash your system completely or make certain operations non functional. Experienced Windows users will edit their registry manually if they feel the need, others should leave it alone and not be influenced by vendor hype. It always used to amaze me how much in denial folks are about this particular subject. They used to rant at us in the shop claiming we just wanted money to do a new Windows install. Also, where we used to operate is quite a small city and we knew and were on friendly terms with most of our competitors. You would not believe how many users would rotate themselves around different PC repair outlets with the same problem. Used to be a standing joke as many of us used to meet up in the same bar after work. MC - Site Manager.

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