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Gizmo's Independence is Under Threat: Please Help 4 years 5 months ago tweetiepooh

I have no problem with including paid software on this site if it provides a fair comparison to the free alternatives and if it provides a "best of breed" but the main aim would be to recommend the free stuff that can be used instead of forking out for the commercial offerings.

Ever Wondered Just How Good Your Password Is? 3 years 10 months ago tweetiepooh

The problem comes when you need to enter one of those super complex passwords and you don't have cut/paste from your password store working. Can you remember how to type it? To be fair I do use a password store for many of my passwords but it can be interesting to enter something long and complex say to link your TV or smart box to a pay TV platform. Try entering 60 random characters using a TV remote!

Keep All Your Passwords Safe With KeePass 3 years 1 month ago tweetiepooh

What we did was create LastPass accounts for each family member. I can then share passwords with them and even not allow them to see the password so it can fill in login screens for them but not disclose the actual value. I can also then revoke that share if needed.

LastPass can be a pain sometimes filling in values where not needed, trying to be helpful.

Download 1,792 printable paper templates for free 1 year 5 months ago tweetiepooh

Good selection of papers, many but not all are in A4, some don't matter.

Best Free CD Ripper 4 years 11 months ago tweetysat

With that version, impossible to have cd-text containing accents to display properly. Tried with unicode and multibye version. (version 1.51 is working fine). I'm under windows 8.1 french.

A Quick Way to Change or Check your DNS Setting 4 years 10 months ago twigginsfl

I use a tool called namebench. Google it. If I try to post the url, it gets blocked. It is more complicated than the currently discussed tools, but the data it provides is more detailed.

How to Restore the Google Chrome Browser New Tab Page to the Previous Appearance 6 years 6 months ago twigginsfl

Sweet! Thanks!

Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening 5 years 1 week ago twinbee

Was the flicker very slight and approx every 10 seconds? If so, this should be fixed for version 1.18. Try again and see what you think.

Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening 5 years 1 week ago twinbee

Did you have Flux open at the time? Make sure Flux is closed before testing. Was the flickering during the time it said "Transitioning to night" or "Transitioning to day" at the top right? If so, that may not be fixed then for you. If that happens again, please let me know, and then try changing the transition phase to 10 seconds, and see if the problem is lessened or gone.

Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening 5 years 1 week ago twinbee

Thanks for the feedback. I presume you had SS running by ticking the "Running" checkbox. Anyway, feel free to email me if you would like to get it working, or otherwise enjoy using F.lux instead.

Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening 5 years 1 week ago twinbee

Hi too, and thanks for the feedback! -Dan

Best Free Digital Image Viewer 6 years 1 month ago twinkler

Thanks for your excellent survey of image viewers. I've been trying to decide between XnView and FastStone, but now I have another half-dozen to consider!

I thought I'd offer that Pictomio displays an ad banner along the bottom and hasn't been updated since 2012.

Best Free Digital Image Viewer 6 years 1 month ago twinkler

Even though the website says kuView's portable, I couldn't find a portable version. When I installed the only version I found, I had to very carefully click the dim "Decline" button repeatedly to avoid getting other software installed along with it.

Best Free Search and Replace Utility 5 years 7 months ago twinkler

Thanks for these reviews. I see that the page for Replace Text says "Please note that Replace Text is no longer supported and has known problems with some Windows 7 installations."

Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2020 6 years 12 months ago twinkler

Thanks for this great list!

aContacts hasn't been updated in over three years and its Play listing says "Not fully compatible with Android 2.0"

Free Time-Saving Hints For Your Office Programs 6 years 3 days ago twinkler

MC, I've been a donating supporter of this site for many years. I'm deeply grateful to everyone who makes it happen, including you, and I understand the need to eliminate unnecessary work for the volunteers who kindly donate their time. As a user and promoter of freeware and open source software, I'm glad that this site focuses on noncommercial software.

However, I was surprised and uncomfortable to encounter the idea that we can't even MENTION the name of a commercial product during a discussion. This led me just now to review the forum & site rules ( Here's rule 18:

"References to commercial software : Members/visitors may refer to commercial products in either forum posts, or main site comments, but may not include links** to them. The content in such posts must be relevant to the topic being discussed, and not posted as an endorsement for promotional purposes, or discuss the features and abilities of a commercial product."

Please consider either revisiting your decision or updating the rules to reflect current practices. Many thanks!

Try This Really Flexible Screen Shot Tool 5 years 2 months ago twinkler

I use Greenshot, but for capturing scrolling screens in Firefox I use Screengrab (

Tidy Your Desktop With A Tabbed Launcher 3 years 1 month ago twinkler

I've been using RocketDock non-stop for 10 years. It works fine for me on Windows 10.

A Clean, Simple And Yet Powerful Content Reader for News Feeds and Web Articles 2 years 11 months ago twinkler

I'm happy to see Inoreader get some attention. When Google Reader shut down, I jumped to Feedly, but after growing increasingly unhappy with it, I found Inoreader last year and swtiched to it. It's fantastic!

Send Anywhere 3 years 11 months ago twinkler

Thanks for this. It's called Send Anywhere, not Send Anyway.

Easily Convert YouTube Videos To MP3's For Free 5 months 3 weeks ago twlanders

The real power of this program is that it allows you to login to your YouTube account to download your personal playlists and radio stations. Can optionally export right into iTunes as a playlist complete with artwork. Is amazing program and very lightweight. If you are having problems signing into your Google account, try this version:

Free Computer & Internet eBooks Online 7 years 3 weeks ago twn

Security Engineering — The Book

It's beautiful. This is the best book on the topic there is’ - Bruce Schneier

Time To Review Who You've Granted Access To 5 years 5 months ago txeng

Great idea to publish this article. I'm sure that many folks like myself forgot all these permissions. Now we realize what's going.
Thanks, DM

Free Browser Extension that Efficiently Blocks Ads Using Less Memory 5 years 1 month ago txeng


It looks as the last several comments have been more critic than praise. Hence I feel that a different view might be valuable.

I am a non-sophisticated user, maybe like most of the users, and I have been very pleased with ublock since I installed it instead of Ad Blocker. It did not affect the speed of my browser [Comodo Dragon], and for the last couple of weeks I did not see even a single Ad. Earlier, with ABP I saw, infrequently, an Ad here or there.

Summary: UBlock works very well [at least for the last few weeks], it was trivial to install and use. Hence, it is appropriate to thank Vic laurie for presenting it to us.


Who's Been Using All My Internet Bandwidth? 5 years 3 weeks ago txeng


A problem with NetWorx.

A scan with VT did NOT come out clean. Unfortunately, I do not know how to attach the complete report, but here is the result.

The scan heading:

SHA256: 166b420c0121ad8615712744eef918e77880e9f4c9c91267715d50bb5a53291f
File name: networx_setup.exe
Detection ratio: 1 / 57
Analysis date: 2015-03-15 12:49:00 UTC ( 0 minutes ago )

The offender:

a variant of Win32/NetFilter.A potentially unsafe 20150315

This scan is for the 32 bit install version. The portable version did come out clean.

Any idea what went wrong?

Regards, DM

Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 6 years 1 week ago txtechie

I have tried many versions of Freemake and they all crash while loading MPEG2(ripped DVD using DVD Shrink) files (4-5 files around 4GB total). I've tried it on two different Windows 7 machines. Both crash. Five stars? Have not tried any of the older versions to see if that solves the issue.
My personal preference is MediaCoder. You must know a little about video formats and should invest some time on the website's Tips and Guides blog.

Freemake Video Converter 3 years 8 months ago txtechie

When converting from DVD format to MP4, I get A/V sync issues every time. Does not matter if acceleration is turned off, or if sourcing the DVD files directly from the DVD or after they have been copied to my hard drive. Will try Format Factor.

Do You Want to Continue Receiving Information from Gizmo's Freeware? 1 year 10 months ago Tyronekay

Been with you for ages, want to continue, great site, awesome content.

How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 5 years 7 months ago uberdoku

Hi, perused through most of the comments and haven't seen this yet, hoping you can help:

I already had Windows 7 on my laptop but HD crashed. Swapped it with a new one and when I started it back up it asked for a bootdisk. Downloaded a bootdisk to a USB, inserted it, and the laptop asked for a boot manager. I downloaded a boot manager iso, Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (32 Bit), but it's not working when I boot up--still getting the same error "BOOTMGR is missing..."

Any suggestions?

Thanks much,

Best Free Dictionary and Thesaurus Utility 6 years 11 months ago UltraCraig64

I would like to warn others about a little caveat with Wordweb, as a former user. The program itself is excellent, and from what I could tell, is completely worthy of its Gizmo's Freeware award. But there is a condition if one wishes to use the free version after 30 days. Let me share with you an excerpt from the Wordweb developers' site:

"WordWeb free version may be used indefinitely only by people who take at most two commercial flights (not more than one return flight) in any 12 month period. People who fly more than this need to purchase the Pro version if they wish to continue to use it after a 30-day trial period."

I had not previously read this, and answered truthfully that I had in fact taken more than two one-way flights in the past year. Now I can supposedly never use the free version again, because of my alleged contribution to global warming. A real shame. And for a strong political stance on an issue that I largely call into question, but that is neither here nor there. The point is that it is conditional freeware, so I just wanted others to keep this in mind. Well, at least I didn't tell any "fibs" come the trial's end. No moral dilemmas here! I would still highly recommend the product, although I plan to check out the other programs featured here for my own personal use. Wordweb's free version is sadly no longer an option for me. Maybe in future updates, the author of this review can include a disclaimer.

Best Free Online Backup 6 years 2 months ago UltraCraig64

This article seems heavily outdated, so I wanted to bring light to some other free online backup services.

First, there is Mega. As in the Megaupload guys. Mega allows for a whopping 50gb of cloud storage space. There is end-to-end encryption, and if you lose your password, it's lost forever. Very secure. See what you guys think.

There is also Mediafire, which has been around for quite a few years now. You can get 10gb, and there is also a desktop app which makes the whole process more convenient. They also have mobile apps, so you can connect with multiple devices.

Then there is Surdoc, which offers 100gb of cloud storage space. Wow. They also have mobile apps, and encrypt the files, although I'm not sure of the specifics with that. offers 100gb as well, and also claims to provide some type of security with your files.

And lastly, offers 15gb of cloud storage space. They offer shareable storage space between different users and everything is syncable. They use Barracuda's cloud storage servers, which may provide extra security.

I hope this helps with updating the article. I would be very curious to know if the ones who offer more would come out ahead, or if the ones who offer less can compenstate for a lack of space with a competent user experience.

Best Free Live Wallpapers for Android - Updated 2019 4 months 3 weeks ago umit.w

You may like to check this 3d live wallpaper collection app too:
There you will find lots of live wallpapers for free

Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 2 years 4 months ago UmpRef1

itsofficial 1665

Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 2 years 4 months ago UmpRef1

Is this what you want?

Access Your PC Remotely Via Any Web Browser 3 years 1 month ago UmpRef1

I downloaded this, but it was flagged by Symantec Antivirus as potentially dangerous. Not sure if I should load it, but it could be helpful.

Save On Expensive Ink And Paper With A Free Browser Add-On 6 years 5 months ago Unanimous Cowherd

Very nice extension, though the ads would put me off.
Evernote has a great extension for Firefox and Chrome called "Clearly", which can be used for printing, though it is designed to aid long-form reading:

Best Free DVD Authoring Software 6 years 2 months ago Unbravewintermute

I think it's worth noting that a fork DVD Flick has been made by new developer and includes many fixes and updates. The original developer seems to have abandoned it. Info: and here

Best Freeware Download Sites 6 years 4 months ago Unbravewintermute

I was wondering if and are worth adding to the list. Filehorse is very similar to filehippo and dowloadcrew is similar to without the proprietary downloader .

Best Free Antivirus Software 4 years 3 months ago UNC69

I have been repairing computer systems since 1989 and if there is one thing I have observed, the antivirus tests run in labs are significantly different than what happens to users' computers. Basing a choice of anti-virus upon the results of lab tests shows the media wants to avoid assuming any liability - they blame it on someone else. What good is advice where no liability was assumed? There are some informed comments here and I appreciate those who offer such responses. It is obvious because they are not concerned about themselves, they express concerns for all of us. KUDOS to them.

Manage Your Time Better, With A Tomato 4 years 3 months ago unclnis

Thanks for the tip!
I remember I've used it in the past and totally forgot about it. Just what I needed

Grinning Geckos (Wallpaper of the Week) 6 years 2 months ago Unc_Tarheel_4Ever

Thanks for sharing this wallpaper, got it on my desktop now & it's so cool. Also have to give you a shout out cuz that was the 1st time I'd visited that specific wallpaper site. It boogled my mind at the huge variety & quantity of HD wallpapers contained on that site where the geckos were. I added it to my customized browser start-up page instantly & am heading back there now to start exploring the site. Great Article & Post!!!

33 Sites With Great Icons You Can Download for Free 6 months 2 weeks ago Unc_Tarheel_4Ever

WOW! That is one extensive listing with so many icons to see & look at, it'll wear out my eyes! Thanks for the great find as always!

How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour 6 years 7 months ago undine

Thank's for the good tip.I have been doing this in the past with XXX. This is much easier to do. Would you happen to know where the registry key would be to change the background color of Windows File Explorer? Keep up the good work. Grady.

Best Free Context Menu Extensions list 2 years 9 months ago Unhjem

The correct URL for FileMenu Tools is, not the provided
When I went to install FileMenu Tools Windows Defender didn't like it. There was, however, no attempt to install any add-ons as mentioned earlier.

Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 7 months ago unorbert89

I find it my self very similar as you described in your reviews. 360 is the best, Comodo has improved a lot in the last years, Avira always been good. But I find it confusing why Quihoo's 360 is not represented in the big AV-Comparatives? Neither Comodo... I recommend you one more antivirus to review: Sophos Home. Is the third biggest security company on the world (behind Norton and Kaspersky), light on resources (cloud), very simple to use and in quite a few tests (Scanning speed, resource management, total hits, etc...) is in the top of the AV softwares.

Best Free Software for Linux 5 years 1 month ago uriegel

I have used several serial terminals before. But ScriptCommunicator is the best I've ever used. Because of it's script interface it's extremly flexible and powerful.

FileHippo App Manager 3 years 7 months ago UriF

I just installed the latest version - beta 4. Scan completed, 3 applications to update. Unfortunately, when I clicked at tab "Installed Applications" program hang up (irresponsible). Only one way close it. Application did not updated more 1 yr ago.

How to Repair Corrupt or Damaged Windows System Files with System File Checker 6 years 7 months ago uros

I have a problem whent a started an pc it shoved to press start windows normaly, safemode,safe mode with command prompt,last known good configuration and when i pressed evry one of them it showed up .Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change,might be the cause and this

Windows failed to load because a critical syset driver is missing or corupt and a bunch of other things and some status:oxcoooooof and after i press enter
choose an operating system to start.,or press
TAB to to select a tool then there is windows 7 to press and to press tab for windows memory Diagnostic and when i press enter again on wondows 7 it is back on the first page please help

Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 9 months ago urshurak

BEWARE FOR COMODO on windows 10! It gave me huge problems and difficulties to uninstall. After boot I only had a black screen, and couldn't run anything. I couldn't even get in safemode and it even gave me my first BSOD in windows 10. Had to use Linux to straighten things up. NOT FOR BEGINNERS.

Windows 10 firewall control has a very, very, very annoying sound, so uninstalled it straight away. Please, developers, get rid of that sound!

Zone-alarm is getting too little credit here. It's really a "fire-and-forget" kind of software, with more than enough possibilities if you want them.

Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 9 months ago urshurak

It's just intended as a big warning, not a blame. I recently installed Windows 10, and there's only some other securitysoftware there, like malwarebytes and bitdefender. Other firewalls didn't give any problems.

5 Best Free Video Streaming Sites 4 years 3 months ago usadoug

IMO it's unfair to list as a con what "spam" comments that nor YouTube or content providers have no reasonable control over. Spam was first used to refer to unsolicited email. By posting comments for public consumption or post original comments to the content one is in essence soliciting responses. Googles/youtubes attempt to encourage/force the use of real names on YouTube had the potential to move abuse from inside the web into the world where people actually live. A crank angered by a John Doe on the web is likely to harass every John Doe they can find a phone number for. Actually comment on YouTube are some of the most useful on the web, particularly since YouTube got rid of the character limit and allowed inserting of all URL'. Yea you have to ignore the stupid crap, but that's a small price to pay for free. tmy gmail account associated with YouTube isn't my primary email account. The only time a make point to visit my gmail account is when I'm expect something from the google help staff or from the google/YouTube forums. Generally I scroll through the mail and based on the subject mark expect email to be moved to a folder for reading, the remainder is block deleted. I rarely engage in YouTube comment peeing contests

5 Best Free Video Streaming Sites 4 years 3 months ago usadoug

One doesn't have to use Google+ to use you tube, why not setup G+? When using YouTube I given the choice to use my long time anonymous YouTube user name of my G+ name. In the event the ability to comment is so important to anyone they should decide to stop viewing YouTube content after telling the google/YouTube and the content providers of that decision, and carry through with that decision. Clearly YouTube's hope was to clean up comments by having comments associated with what are thought to be real names civility would ensue. Did take sever exchanges with someone at YouTube to discover how I could still use my long time YouTube user name at YouTube, not my G= associated name. Sometimes getting what you think is right takes effort, and patience. Yes policy can change tomorrow. I'm ready to be allowed to watch the videos without commenting, or walk away from YouTube, I doubt few others are ready to do so as well. Anyway not in enough numbers to influance policy.

Best Free Music Player and Organizer 1 year 1 day ago user102

I can't see the article- the reviews of the music organizer programs- what's up?

Best Free Antivirus Software 5 years 5 months ago UserError

If I may put my two cents in, Bitdefender free edition is not a good choice.

You have to download an installer -an offline intaller simply does no exist- and the installation needs several consecutive downloads even after the installation. The first definitions update takes a while and sometimes goes wrong, so the program forces you to start the updating process again. I know this because I tried installing bitdefender on different PCs from friends and relatives, so I can say the process isn't as smooth as you'd want.

The installer does not include an uninstaller, you have to download a third party one if you ever get bored (or annoyed) by Bitdefender. Also, you have 30 days to test the product, after that period you are forced you to create a free BitDefender account or login with facebook or G+ within the app to continue using the product.

IMHO, not the best of approaches.

Best Free Antivirus Software 4 years 2 months ago UserError

Please, consider adding Lavasoft's Ad-Aware Free Antivirus to your review. Although I haven't installed on my PC yet, I saw some very good results detecting and blocking internet viruses and those nasty USB infections. Couldn't find a detailed review or a lab test, though. A good review from you, would help to make things clearer.

Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2020 5 years 4 months ago UserError

I've been using a very lightweight but still great file manager called Simple Explorer. It has material design, root capabilities, 100% free, and open-source.
You won't find it on the PlayStore, though. If you want to check it out, you must go to the official XDA thread:

Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. 5 years 9 months ago UserError

IMO, DiskCryptor the is the best free open-source option so far. In fact, it is an enhanced fork of TrueCrypt. Hopefully, it won't face the same problems and conspiracy theories its bigger brother had. It's a great piece of free software and a good alternative to former TC users.

Use This Keyboard App When Sliding Is Faster Than Typing 5 years 9 months ago UserError

YEAH! The Android L keyboard works perfectly. Couple it with the 'material' skin and it's a winner. The swipe input method works great and there are lots of customization options.

A much better option than AOSP Keyboard or Google Keyboard. And it's free! FY!

Get All the Details of the USB Devices Attached to Your PC with this Free Utility 5 years 4 months ago UserError

Great tool indeed. Thanks a lot!

Because of the BadUSB threat, this tool comes as a great addition to any security enthusiast. The ability to decode descriptors and show a hexdump of the descriptors can help a lot to identify a device that is not what it claims to be.

An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 3 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.

Got a Lenovo Laptop? You Need to Read This. 5 years 1 month ago UserError

LastPass has released a Superfish check tool that shows results inmediately just using your browser. There is a useful step-by-step guide about removing superfish, too.

Reverse Image Search Site Covers 9 Billion Photos 5 years 1 month ago UserError

Great tool to fight against copycats, posers and other pseudo-artists who like to steal another person's work.

Create Random Files For Disk And Internet Testing 5 years 2 weeks ago UserError

CCleaner is a good option for most people, but I really loved the good old low-level format. Sadly, is almost impossible to do it with modern hard drives, although some free tools claim they can do something very close to the actual thing.

Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 4 months ago UserError

I won't go as far as you want to, but I 100% agree on the problems Windows 10 has brought. I decided to install it on a laptop... My Gosh! What a mistake that was! Several privacy and security settings I disabled previously turned themselves back on after a few hours, the word "privacy" is practically non-existant now. My network monitor was showing the OS was sending data back home on a regular basis every minute, every hour, every day. Have no idea what kind of data was being sent, but I don't trust Windows 10. At least the previous OSs ware more transparent on their intentions.

Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 4 years 4 months ago UserError

You made my day with the last sentence. Very, very true. I won't touch W10 ever again.

Listen To Music Online For Free At These 20 Websites 4 years 1 day ago utilitarian3

Great list! I would add SomaFM. 25 channels featuring good electronic music, as well as underground/alternative. Also commercial-free and listener-supported. Free on both PC and iOS, although the Android app is not free. Oh well, 2 out of 3 ain't bad, as they say.

Want 100GB Of Free Cloud-Based Storage? 7 years 1 week ago UtkuB

I've already signed up for this offer and received my sign up email and currently uploading my data using Zoolz. I have to admit it is much better than i have expected.

They are sending patches every couple of hours for a number of people in the queue that is why the difference in the numbers @ nojmit mentioned.

Want 100GB Of Free Cloud-Based Storage? 7 years 6 days ago UtkuB

No, you have signed up for "Zoolz Business" register for the zoolz free and wait for the email to get your 100 GB.

Microsoft Flight Simulator. It's Back And It's Free. 6 years 10 months ago Uto

Windows 7 is not required, only recommended. (
Download size is 1,804.00 MB.

Best Free Digital Photo Organizer 5 years 7 months ago v.laurie Misty27, thanks for the information. This category has no editor at the moment and I am just a caretaker. However, I will change the statement about no portable version. view
Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager 5 years 7 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the information. This category is currently without an active editor. view
Best Free Hex Editor 4 years 7 months ago v.laurie

I am only a caretaker and this review is in need of an editor. Perhaps you could help us out and bring the article up to date? You can help us by clicking here.

Best Free Search and Replace Utility 5 years 7 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the information. This category is currently without an editor. view
Best Free Office Suite 5 years 4 months ago v.laurie I can't say what is really going on but it sounds to me like there may be a file association problem.Anyone else have ideas? view
Best Free Disk Space Analyzer 6 years 1 week ago v.laurie There is a Trojanized version of WinDirStat out on the Internet. Be very careful which download site you use and check with VirusTotal. view
How to Find Out Which Windows Process is Using a File 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie The download link is in the article about Process Explorer that is referred to in the beginning of the tip. However, for convenience, I have now added a link to the Microsoft download page. view
Best Free Online Backup 4 years 8 months ago v.laurie Thank you for pointing this out. The article is currently in need of an editor. view
How to Insert an Image into a Gmail Message 6 years 5 months ago v.laurie Google has completely revamped the email interface since I wrote this tip. All I do now is drag an image file and drop it on an email I am composing, view
How to Repair Corrupt or Damaged Windows System Files with System File Checker 6 years 11 months ago v.laurie Unfortunately, SFC fails for many reasons. This type of question is beyond what can be answered here. Please log in to the Freeware Forum and post your questions in General Computer Support. Please provide more information about your system when you post there. Knowledgeable people there will gladly try to help you. view
How to Repair Corrupt or Damaged Windows System Files with System File Checker 6 years 7 months ago v.laurie Unfortunately, we cannot answer individual support questions like this in the comments. Please post your question in the forum: view
How to Quickly Shut Down a Hung or Unresponsive Application 4 years 4 months ago v.laurie Using Task Manager is certainly one of the standard ways of dealing with hung programs. Personally, I don't find it any quicker but I do use Task Manager sometimes. One advantage of the command line is that a batch file can be created, reducing the procedure to one step of clicking the file. In Windows, there are often multiple ways to do the same thing. view
How to Create a Custom Hotkey for Your Favorite Application or Folder 4 years 4 months ago v.laurie Off the top of my head, I don't know a quick way. Maybe someone else has a suggestion. view
The Easy Way to Check If Your Computer Is Connected to the Internet 4 years 4 months ago v.laurie Ping is a standard old command used for testing networks. It has several uses and can tell you more than the icon you refer to. view
Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie The Registry is too complex for specific questions like this to be answered here. Please, post your question in the General Computer Support forum view
Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson 5 years 3 months ago v.laurie Local machine (HKLM) edits generally require a reboot. Current user edits (HKCU) generally require log off and on. When in doubt, just reboot after an edit. But always back up before editing. view
Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson 5 years 2 months ago v.laurie "%1" is a placeholder for whatever file is the object of the executable. If you are unfamiliar with this type of notation, please be very, very careful with the Registry. view
How to Reveal Your Windows Product Key in All Current Versions of Windows 6 years 3 months ago v.laurie I am adding ProduKey. Thanks. view
How to Reveal Your Windows Product Key in All Current Versions of Windows 5 years 2 months ago v.laurie Thanks for telling us about this. It is becoming all too common for developers to bundle utilities with unwanted stuff. A note has been added to the article. view
Best Free Microsoft Downloads 6 years 12 months ago v.laurie I have just become the editor of this article but almost all the material is due to the previous editor. I will be gradually updating and adding as time goes on. Any suggestions you have are welcome. view
Best Free Microsoft Downloads 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie You are right. I forgot about that. Thanks for pointing it out. view
Best Free Microsoft Downloads 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie "So is this adequate malware and virus protection?" That is a very good question but this is not the best place to discuss that important security issue. Post your question in the security area of our forum at A lot of security experts are available there. The short answer is "probably not". view
Best Free Microsoft Downloads 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the correction. Microsoft does not list Windows 7 in the supported versions. view
What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 5 years 2 weeks ago v.laurie There is an interesting article on the problem of bundled software by the security firm Emisoft at view
Use the Command Line for a Quick Cleanup of Windows Temp Files 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie The files are probably in use or locked by some program. Unless they are taking up a lot of space, they can be probably be left alone. view
How to Make Hibernation Work Better on Your PC 6 years 5 months ago v.laurie Being just logged in as administrator isn't sufficient. You have to also specifically run the command line as administrator. view
How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 5 years 6 months ago v.laurie Is it only when you move the mouse that the PC wakes up? I am not sure why that would be a problem unless the PC wakes up when you are not there. Did you check the settings in the Logitech software? Otherwise, I don't have an answer to your problem but maybe another member can help. view
How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 5 years 6 months ago v.laurie Unfortunately, we can't give this type of individual support in the comments. If you post your problem in the forum at, there will be knowledgeable people to help you. view
How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 5 years 4 months ago v.laurie Is the laptop going to sleep or just turning the screen off? Have you tried running Defender while the laptop is plugged in to a power source? view
How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 5 years 2 months ago v.laurie Unfortunately, we can't give this type of individual support in the comments. If you post your problem in the forum at, there will be knowledgeable people to help you. view
How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie We are unable to respond to individual support requests here. Please post your question in our forum. view