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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 months ago clas

and thank you gizmo for helping to teach an old dog new tricks. for taking me out of the dark ages and into the light. happy holidays

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 months ago Farzad Alipour

Hello,
It was an informative year here in Gizmo like the years before that which is great. shows the quality of the content of this website has not been degraded like many other websites which lose sight of their purpose after few years.
congratz to another successful year here at Gizmo and i wish you all happiness and joy.

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 months ago SayLor77

Thank you for the many, many years of helpful hints and tips. I help other "older" computer users and often guide them to your site. You've made many hesitant users into confident, safe "surfers" here in Canada. Please continue to provide the excellent information we all need. I'm looking forward to learning more "new" things in my seventh decade.

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 months ago lion471

Thank you Gizmo for being an awesome site.Keep going!!

Best wishes from India

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 months ago jasydee

Thank You Gizmo, I wish you your Family and Friends, Merry Christmas and all the best for the year 2015

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 months ago vandamme

Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!

This is the first place I go to for Linux apps. As for the decline of Windows, good that you see the handwriting on the wall and are going with the times.

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 months ago CASD

Yea this is my first choice for freeware and info..

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 months ago Gibbs.Slap

Thanks to you and your team of volunteers that help make this all happen. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and ask folks to remember the Reason for the Season.

I have been a PC guy for 40+ years and finally got a smart phone and table it is time to get with the 2000's so seeing some good right ups and reviews on Apps will be a help too. I will always be a PC guy though give me my 24" and 22" monitors side by side any day:)

Looking forward to what 2015 has to bring!

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 months ago AJNorth

Thanks once more to Gizmo, M.C. and ALL of the editors and contributors who help maintain this truly essential site -- with warmest best wishes for the holidays and coming year: health, peace, contentment.

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 months ago otis_lewd

Before we get too carried away with mobile apps on tiny screens, let's remember that no serious work is done on tiny devices with small screens. I don't consider e-mail, texting, social media, and games serious work.

Thank you for all you do, Gizmo. And all your helpers as well. You are all a blessing to us all.

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 months ago budchekov

Happy Holidays Gizmo,

This the gold standard for software research, I never install anything without seeing if it passes the sniff test here, for the past five years me and my computers thank you !

I'm sure the future here is bright,

Thanks again ,

Bud :)

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 months ago UserError

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

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 months ago AJNorth

Post Script to earlier comment:

Gizmo's Freeware may focus on zero-cost solutions, and the site itself be free (not to mention free of advertising), but it does cost real money to maintain.

Gizmo and his extraordinary collaborators knock themselves out all through the year on our behalf; hopefully, other frequenters of the site will join me in making a contribution to help defray the costs and sustain their worthy, indeed essential, efforts.

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 months ago Naveen D

Thanks Gizmo for this awesome Tech knowledge & Rock this coming new year just as how rocking you are.

Cheers to 2015....

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 months ago bernardz Great site, the information here is priceless. I wish you, all of you here and your family and friends, all the best over the coming year. view
An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 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. :-_))

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 months ago zep321

jorgeem1717 took the words right out of my mouth. Nothing I can add to improve on that.

Best Holiday wishes to all of you.

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 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.

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 months ago dixie_chick44

You are my mainstay for quality apps and software for free that help me so much financially as well as just plain work-wise. Please stay around for us and the addition of more mobile help is warrented and will be welcomed as long as the desktop, cloud and other types remain in force for those of us who need them. I could just give you a big ol' thank you kiss on your forehead for all you do for us throughout the year! And your volunteers too~ Onward and upward...

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 months ago Sgluber

Thank you very much, Gizmo! And keep up the amazing job, day after day! :-)

Repeating a message I left 2 days ago (http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/chitchat/14743-merry-chri...), a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a NEW YEAR FULL OF JOYS to each of you and to all the ones who are close to you!

HEALTH and PEACE!

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 months ago Phylis Sophical

We love you back, Gizmo and Co! I teach computing to friends n family and yours is the first site I recommend. Besides that, what everyone else has said above.

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 10 months ago Prof. Jewell

I would gladly echo many many of these kudos to Gizmo; still I would like to add that a lot of the value of this site comes from the useful, civil, and apposite content that is so often found in the comments section. (sometimes Gizmo's Freeware seem almost an oasis in today's WWW.)

So Shalom to all you folks who contribute in this way also!

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 9 months ago DigitalTemerity

I really appreciate all the hard work that goes into the Gizmo's community.

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 9 months ago jorgeem1717

Thanks for the KUDOS to all of us "commentators" here at Gizmo's Freeware...

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 9 months ago Aretas

Thank you, Gizmo. Your site is a delight.
Quality information uncluttered by Graphic Designers on speed.

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 10 months ago Australia

Thank you Gizmo.
You are a visionary
Even with your earlier online newsletters, you had a wonderful insight into the best freeware available
You transformed my life, and those of many other people, by finding free software that enhances our lives

"Finds of the Week' and similar regular news updates are always important to keep your website fresh and interesting - thank you !

Your website is testament to the hard work of your team, so congratulations to you all !!
May your website continue to reign as one of the best on the planet that covers free software !!
Thank you for being ad free, hype free, and spyware free !!

All the best for 2017 !!

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 10 months ago arieshifman

Thank you and a very happy new year to you, to all your staff and, last but not least, all the readers of your website.

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 10 months ago psion739

Thank you from me in Topsham, Devon, UK. It is a windy and sunny Christmas Day. With a glass of vino I toast you and the team for another excellent year of interesting contributions. Happy New Year for 2017.

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 10 months ago PerennialStudent

Merry Christmas to ALL of you! Thank you so much for all the great tips and insights you've given me this year!

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 10 months ago redstick

Many thanks for all the (often unappreciated) good work! Best luck for the new year!

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago minimaxi

Happy New year 2017 to all you guys!!!

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 3 years 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months ago larchambault

Bonne année 2017 ( Happy New Year ;-)

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An Essential App for Medical Knowledge and Healthy Living 5 years 4 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 5 years 4 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 5 years 4 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 5 years 4 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 7 years 1 day 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 7 years 1 day 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 7 years 1 day 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 7 years 1 day 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 months ago mchldpy

Incredible "if you can pay" YouTube ...

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An Incredible YouTube Downloader with More Capabilities 4 years 12 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 12 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 11 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 11 months ago Anupam

What are you talking about?

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An Incredible YouTube Downloader with More Capabilities 4 years 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago Anupam

OK, that clears it :D.

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

"Quick Guide to Sandboxie"

"Quick" it is not.

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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

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