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How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns 6 years 3 months ago tension

“How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns”,nice article

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Discover What Data Your Web Browser Is Broadcasting About You 2 years 5 months ago Tenta

Hi Rick, the data should be accurate, but if you see any discrepancies, please email me at hello@tenta.com with details and I'll investigate.

So although other sites may show some of this information, most are not mobile-friendly at all and outdated. We strived to make a responsive customizable web app designed for modern devices. For example, we're using service workers and smart caching so that results load faster.

Another unique test that this web tool offers is advanced DNS results. Your average DNS leak test site may show the IP, location and provider, but our API also delivers a more complete picture of your DNS privacy/security settings such as checking if DNS over TLS is working. Or if DNSSEC is enabled or "Checking Disabled" is true or false.

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Discover What Data Your Web Browser Is Broadcasting About You 2 years 5 months ago Tenta

Hi Rob, Thanks for sharing our new web tool. Great to hear you're evaluating our browser as well. If you have any questions in the process, please don't hesitate to ask.

cheers - Jesse

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Discover What Data Your Web Browser Is Broadcasting About You 2 years 5 months ago Tenta

ok thanks. I appreciate the followup

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How to reinstall Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 and keep your data and programs intact 11 months 4 days ago TerraEyes

This article is Incorrect. Windows 8.1 has Refresh & Reset. Windows 10 has Fresh Start which keeps the users personal files and some settings and clean installs Windows 10. Windows 10 offers 2 (actually 3 but only going to cover 2 here) types of Reset (1. keep all personal files) and Reset (2. remove everything and reinstall Windows). System Restore does not restore your system to an earlier point - it merely reverses any settings changes, programs installed/uninstalled or registry changes made since the restore point used was created. Any documents, photos, or other personal files are not changed.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 4 years 7 months ago terrawarra

I recently dumped Avast after many years simply because of the annoying advertising pop-ups. After reading the recommendations by Chiron for Comodo, I installed it and have had it running for a few days now. No problems with it except for the deceiving tactics by Comodo during the install process.
Despite selecting "custom install" and unchecking the boxes that I didn't want, Comodo ignored that and installed everything.... I had to manually get rid of geek buddy and the Comodo browser.
How can this forum recommend software that continually breaks the rules ?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 4 years 7 months ago terrawarra

Thanks George and MC.... it's obvious that we don't live in a perfect world so I can cop the odd glitch from software that's free.
cheers

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Best Free Antivirus Software 4 years 7 months ago terrawarra

G'day Anupam,

When I first installed Avast about 3 years ago, everything was good.... it was quite unobtrusive and yet quick to strike on any bad guys.

In the past year or so, with the regular updates from Avast, it seems to have become bloated and whilst I was still very happy with the protection it provided, it did become intrusive , the constant pop ups telling me that there were X amount of problems/issues with my PC seemed like a ploy offered by many shonky software programs that diagnose your PC, find many problems and then offer to fix them for a fee of course !
The Avast pop up invited me to click on a button to fix the issues with my PC and instantly I was greeted with a new message advising me that it would cost for the premium features to carry out this task.
Doesn't matter how many times I declined, the pop ups kept coming.
Bottom line ?..... yes, the pop ups did start to annoy me.
I know that Gizmos site does not endorse any paid-for commercial product and I believe that the free version of Avast is pushing the boundaries here with its constant nagging to upgrade to the premium version.
Meanwhile, I have Bitdefender free version running..... it's so unobtrusive and sometimes I wonder if it's doing anything but it has detected and quarantined 6 items since I installed it about a week ago. The only thing missing from it is email scanning but that doesn't bother me.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 4 years 6 months ago terrawarra

Not too sure if this is the right place to ask this question but here goes.

I recently downloaded the free version of "Malwarebytes Anti Exploit free" purely because of the good reputation of their free "Malwarebytes Anti Malware" which we are all familiar with.

This new offering, "Anti Exploit" is working as an add-on with my SRWare Iron (Chrome) and the only time I know that it's working is when I open my browser, a small window on the task bar tells me that it's operating.

Do any of you have experience with this ? .... and if so, can you tell me how it works ?

To me, it doesn't seem to be doing anything at all and I'm left wondering if it's smoke & mirrors.

https://www.malwarebytes.org/antiexploit/

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Best Free Antivirus Software 4 years 6 months ago terrawarra

Thanks Anupam,
I may try Avast again sometime in the future and give it another chance.
In the meantime, I'll give BitDefender a fair trial, assess the results and decide which one I want to go with.

We are indeed quite spoilt with so many quality freeware anti virus products out there.

cheers

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Best Free Antivirus Software 4 years 6 months ago terrawarra

Thanks Anupam !

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 5 years 5 months ago terrawarra

I've been using the free version of XXClone for about 6 years now,... I'm amazed at how it makes a bootable working copy of my main drive onto a second hard drive. It saved my bacon a few times on the old XP computer and now that I've graduated to W7, I plan to use it again. The only difference between the "paid for" and the free version is that the freebie does not do incremental.
Not a big deal for me... as long as I have a mint condition of my OS, that,s all that matters.

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Best Free Internet Safety Check 4 years 7 months ago terrawarra

Perhaps" Dr Web Anti-Virus Link Checker" could be reviewed by Gizmos site and included in this lot ?

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2019 5 years 9 months ago terrawarra

I recently bought a Nexus 7.... I've never been crazy about the ipad and its dependence on itunes for any movies... also the ridicuously high price for an ipad here in Australia... $350 to $750 depending on the size.

Very happy so far with the Nexus 7 but I don't seem to be able to find "Adobe Flash Player" for it.
....apparently discontinued for the latest Android.

Do any of you have an alternative replacement for it ?

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2019 5 years 9 months ago terrawarra

Thanks for your prompt advice Jojo.... I'll give it a go !

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2019 5 years 9 months ago terrawarra

Just downloaded an archived version of Adobe Flash but after reading a little more on various forums, I've decided to hold back on installing until I can be sure that it wont stuff up Nexus 7.

I have the latest version of Android which I believe is KitKat.... too many comments advising against making Flash work with it.

The only other advice I've found is to use the Dolphin Browser but I'm reluctant to part with Chrome.

In the meantime, I'll do a little more homework on the subject.

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2019 5 years 9 months ago terrawarra

I finally downloaded and installed the Dolphin browser and a "hacked-for- kitkat" version of Adobe Flash Player.

It's working like a charm on my Nexus 7 and I'm starting to actually like the "Dolphin" browser. Not as as slick as Chrome but I sure do like the easy access to bookmarks simply by swiping left to right !

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2019 1 year 7 months ago terrawarra

Thanks Jojo.... some good stuff there although I didn't see much in the way of ad-blockers.
I just hate adds and pop ups. They're an invasion of my privacy and an insult to my intelligence.

This is my main stopper: "AdGuard AdBlocker" available on the play store

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2019 1 year 7 months ago terrawarra

Thanks Jojo....
..... in the meantime I'll do some cherry picking from your latest list of android apps.

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2019 1 year 7 months ago terrawarra

G'day talkback10,
Here's a nice selection of ten apps that should suit your needs.
https://www.androidheadlines.com/2014/12/featured-top-10-best-call-blocker-apps-android.html
.....or you can continue using your Moto E4 built in blocker simply by disabling your voicemail.

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2019 1 year 7 months ago terrawarra

Thanks for your tip for "Blokada" Jojo....
will certainly give this one a trial.
cheers

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Best Free Windows Apps 5 years 4 months ago terrawarra

Can anyone tell me if there's a app available for missed call reminders for the windows 8 Nokia 520 phone. Not the written reminder that comes up on screen... a real audible reminder that beeps every 5 minutes or so until acknowledged.

I've been looking for weeks now with no success.... and no, my phone isn't rooted and I don't care to go that way whilst its only 6 months into the 2 year warranty.

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Internet Addresses, Protocols, and Ports Explained in Simple Terms 6 years 5 months ago terrawarra

Thanks v.laurie... some really helpful explanations for an old dinosaur like me.

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40 Maps That Will Help You Understand Our World 6 years 2 months ago terrawarra

Thanks rob.... nice find !

cheers

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Beginners Guide to Google Search (Website of the Week) 5 years 9 months ago terrawarra

Thanks rhiannon... your tips are always welcome & sometimes they vary in importance. Some are diamonds & some are pearls !

For some of the "experts" on this forum, this one may seem ho-hum but to someone like me, who is 70 years old and learning something new everyday... it's indeed welcome.

another variation of "Google" is "Google Scholar".

http://scholar.google.com.au/

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Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 5 years 9 months ago terrawarra

Thanks rob..... I'm always on the lookout for something that makes youtube viewing a pleasure.
You've nailed it with this one !

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Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 5 years 9 months ago terrawarra

another great little tool for YouTube is the add-on known as "YouTube Centre"
available here for Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/youtube-center/gabnjlibfmlilpl...

We all know that the latest versions of YouTube have changed so that when you pause a video, it also pauses the buffering which is a pain if you need it to buffer due to slow internet or simply a slow PC.
By using the above add-on, and unchecking the "dash" box in settings, it will enable the buffering to continue when the video is paused

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If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This 5 years 8 months ago terrawarra

.... and yet XP is still the second most popular OS in the world ?

http://www.cooldezine.com/12-years-later-windows-xp-is-the-second-most-p...

Me ?... I'll stick with it till it dies.... if it aint broke, don't fix it !

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Website of the Week: Worldmeters: Real Time World Statistics 5 years 2 months ago terrawarra

Nice one rhiannon....thanks for sharing !

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 4 years 11 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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Website of the Week: Culturally Curious? Check out the Google Cultural Institute 4 years 7 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.

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How to get a Better Windows File Manager 4 years 6 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 !

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How to Defer Installing Updates in Windows 10 4 years 3 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.

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The Ideal Complement To Your Existing Security Software 4 years 2 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 ?

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A Freeware Tool For Rotating Movie Files 4 years 2 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 !

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New Chromium-Based Browser Includes Add-Ins As Standard 4 years 1 month 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.

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New Chromium-Based Browser Includes Add-Ins As Standard 4 years 1 month 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

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 3 years 11 months ago terrawarra

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

Merry Christmas

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Get Another Instant Email Address 3 years 10 months 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.

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Planetarium. Explore The Sky From Your Desk. 3 years 10 months 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.

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Planetarium. Explore The Sky From Your Desk. 3 years 10 months ago terrawarra

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

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Avast Free Antivirus 2016 Edition 3 years 9 months 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. https://www.360totalsecurity.com/en/

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Finds of the Week: The Malware Museum, USB-C Cables Frying Laptops, 20 Useful and Fun Google Search Tricks, 100+ Free Adult Coloring Pages 3 years 8 months 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 ?

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Loads Of New Free Fonts For Your PC 3 years 7 months ago terrawarra

Nice find Rob !... thanks mate !

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 3 years 6 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.

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I Love This Free Set Of Integrated Techie Tools 3 years 4 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.

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Control Google Tracking With This New Privacy Tool 3 years 4 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 !

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Control Google Tracking With This New Privacy Tool 3 years 4 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 !
LOL

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Cybercrime. Watch It Happen In Real Time. 3 years 4 months ago terrawarra

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

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Cybercrime. Watch It Happen In Real Time. 3 years 4 months ago terrawarra

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

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Cybercrime. Watch It Happen In Real Time. 3 years 4 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 ?

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Improve Clarity And Focus Of Your Digital Photos 3 years 2 months ago terrawarra

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

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What's Connected To Your USB Ports? 3 years 2 weeks ago terrawarra

Good one !..... thanks rob !

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 2 years 11 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 Amazing Photo Library That's Completely Free 2 years 7 months ago terrawarra

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

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You Have 5 Days To Get This $59.95 Software For Free 2 years 7 months ago terrawarra

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

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Finds of the Week: Privacy Tools / Learn to code for free / Graphics for DIY and crafts / Block Windows 10 Creator update 2 years 7 months ago terrawarra

good onya rhiannon !

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

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Gizmo's Exclusive: Want To Win This Superb $99 Security Tool? 2 years 6 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 !

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Glasswire - The Winners Are Announced 2 years 6 months ago terrawarra

thanks again rob..... I wasn't a winner but still love the free version of glasswire !

Woo-Hoo....now 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 !
cheers

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Using Thunderbird For Email? There Are Add-Ins And They're Great. 2 years 2 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 ?

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Gizmo's Freeware may be Offline for a Few Hours Tomorrow While we Upgrade our Server 2 years 1 month 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
Wally.
Bundanoon, Australia

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Get This Ad Blocker That Works Across Apps and Browsers on Android 1 year 11 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.

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Get This Ad Blocker That Works Across Apps and Browsers on Android 1 year 11 months ago terrawarra

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

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 year 10 months 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 poor.....in 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.

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AVG Free Antivirus Gets A Smart New Look 1 year 10 months 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.

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My Favourite Ad Blocker. Now Open Source Too. 1 year 8 months ago terrawarra

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

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 1 year 6 months ago terrawarra

Nice one rhiannon !

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

Thank you !

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My Favoured Youtube Downloader Of The Moment 5 years 3 months ago tertuliano

I still stick to Freemake Video Coverter, recommended some time ago:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/finally-free-flexible-youtube-do...

For almost all I needed, it has worked flawlessly.

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Best Free Reminder and To-do List for Android 5 years 6 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.

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Best Free Reminder and To-do List for Android 5 years 5 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 ;)

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How I Set Up a Home File Server For Free - A Review of FreeNAS 3 years 11 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.

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2019 1 year 3 months ago Tessa_Mongold

You may want to add one well-made Android app, R-HUB TurboMeeting for web conferencing, HD video conferencing, remote support and remote access. It is inhouse, secure and fast. Supports PC, Mac, iOS and Android. It provides access to unlimited users.

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Best Free iPhone Apps 1 year 3 months ago Tessa_Mongold

You may want to add one more app, R-HUB TurboMeeting for web conferencing, HD video conferencing, remote support and remote access. It is in-house, secure and fast. Supports PC, Mac, iOS and Android. It provides access to unlimited users.

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Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 4 years 4 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.

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Best Free Streaming Media Recorder 6 years 3 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.

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Best Free PIM 4 years 2 months ago texastechy

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

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Best Free Memory Optimizer 5 years 9 months 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.

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Best Free Sticky Notes Utility 6 years 5 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.

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Best Free File Manager 3 years 5 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.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 6 years 3 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.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 4 years 10 months 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.

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Best Free Windows Explorer Add-ons 6 years 9 months 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.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 6 years 2 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.

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How to Find Out If You Are Secretly Connected to the Internet 6 years 4 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.

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Want To Learn Microsoft Office? These Top-Class Training Manuals Are Free. 6 years 3 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.

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This Stunning Online Publishing System Is Currently Free To Use 6 years 1 month 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.

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How to Keep Google from Putting Your Name and Picture in Their Ads 6 years 1 month ago texastechy

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

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The Best Free Screenshot Tool I Have Used 5 years 1 month 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.

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Want A Constant Readout Of Who's Connected To Your LAN? 4 years 8 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.
thanks

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 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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Fancy A New Windows Start Menu For Free? 3 years 8 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.

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 4 years 11 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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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 4 years 7 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..

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F.Lux Gets A Big Update And It's Still My Favourite 2 years 2 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.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 7 months ago TexasVet

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

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Gizmo's is Saved! A Hearty Thanks to all who Donated 1 year 4 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)

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Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 1 year 4 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!

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Thank You for Donating 4 years 4 weeks 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.

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Thank You for Donating 1 year 4 months ago TexasVet

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

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Mozilla Firefox 1 year 4 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 (https://www.techsupportalert.com/firefox.htm) 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.

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