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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago koliniol

How about Software Informer (http://software.informer.com/) ?
No one mentions it although it is very efficient , works in the background and is not heavy on resources.
I've been using it the last 2 years and have to say I'm very satisfied.
I think it deserves a full review.

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago koliniol

AVIRA antivirus reports that setup of uncheky tries to modify HOSTS file!
Beware !

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago Kyle_Katarn

Please contact me if you have more technical details about the potential leftovers in the lite version.

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 4 years 11 months ago Kyle_Katarn

Hi,

SUMo has been updated. Any new comment ?

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Another Of My Go-To Tools Gets An Update 2 years 5 months ago booleanboy

That's a useful recommendation Robert now that, since the latest version, SoftPerfect's excellent Network Scanner is no longer freeware.

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Another Of My Go-To Tools Gets An Update 2 years 5 months ago eikelein

Robert,
Thank you VERY much!

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Another Great Youtube MP3 Converter 4 years 11 months ago barkerrd

YouTube mp3 pops up in French (which I can read). After converting and downloading the mp3 file I cannot find it anywhere on my PC. YouTube mp3 FAQ says "the download destination is completely out of our control.". This program does not work for me.Don

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Another Great Way To Download Youtube Videos As MP3 Tracks 4 years 1 month ago Kumar_Shah

I've been using ClipConverter add-on with Firefox browser. When you're on a YouTube page, you see three tabs (ClipConverter, mp3 and mp4) on the page. Click on one of them and you either download the video or convert it to mp3 or mp4 and download it. Works like a charm.

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Another Great Way To Download Youtube Videos As MP3 Tracks 4 years 1 month ago Fairportfan

Doesn't work - tried it on four different YouTube videos - "Invalid URL. Try another."

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Another Great Way To Download Youtube Videos As MP3 Tracks 4 years 1 month ago Ankittt

Works like a charm. Which URL is not working for you?

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Another Great Way To Download Youtube Videos As MP3 Tracks 4 years 1 month ago Fairportfan

Several, of several clips. Both the full URL and the YouTube "Share"( "youtu.be") URL.

(Also, two different browsers - latest Firefox and Opera 12.16.)

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Another Great Way To Download Youtube Videos As MP3 Tracks 4 years 1 month ago discipline

Same here as Fairportfan...Chrome on a Macbook Air..."Invalid URL" Pasted right from the YouTube share field. Works all the time when I use the Clip Converter website. It's a shame, I'd love to have an alternative.

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Another Great Way To Download Youtube Videos As MP3 Tracks 4 years 1 month ago ChronicChaos

Been using youtube-mp3[dot]org for quite awhile now when needed...

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Another Great Way To Download Youtube Videos As MP3 Tracks 4 years 1 month ago Ankittt

Please paste the URL's that are not working for you, It's probably happening because the video is only available in your country.
Paste the whole URL for example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBVotNefYME
Thanks

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Another Great Way To Download Youtube Videos As MP3 Tracks 4 years 1 month ago Ankittt

Don't use shorten URL. Paste the whole URL for example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBVotNefYME and it will work fine.

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Another Great Way To Download Youtube Videos As MP3 Tracks 4 years 1 month ago NeilF784

I use YouTube to Mp3 Converter .
Very quick but one has to be careful when inserting URL.
That seems to work more or less identically with the suggested program above.
I don't like Chrome.

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Another Great Way To Download Youtube Videos As MP3 Tracks 4 years 1 month ago Jorpho

The trouble with services like these is that all too frequently they don't work with all videos, or they suddenly stop working entirely. (For a while there were a bunch that apparently required running a local Java applet, which were kind of creepy.)

My usual process is to download the video and then separate the audio stream using VLC.

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Another Great Way To Download Youtube Videos As MP3 Tracks 4 years 1 month ago Ankittt

This service works great!

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Another Great Free Survey Creation System 3 years 1 week ago oblivion

I like Limesurvey. It's more complex than most of the free offerings out there but it supports decision-based surveys (eg "ask this question only if the answer to question x was y") and can also handle groups of questions as a unit ("ask this set of questions only if the answer to question x was y".)

You can install the complete survey engine on a webserver and it's completely free; or you can develop a survey and have them host it for you -- which costs money, but the first 25 responses in any given month are free and responses beyond that still very reasonable.

Compared to trying to make complex surveys work in a basic list of questions (via page skip logic) it allows you to design a more functional and understandable structure relatively easily and also provides detailed reporting of the results. Limesurvey has a bit more of a learning curve and you need some html skills if you want to go beyond the basic templates that are already included, but the product is absolutely excellent.

www.limesurvey.org

-- t

 

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Another Exclusive Prize Draw - WhizFolders 1 year 11 months ago Alilou

thanks for awesome giveaway. I installed Whizfolders and found it had so many features. A lot of information for the program on its website. I was impressed with it. I have my serials for software in individual text files and was able to import them all at once into a new topic I named Various Serials, for me this is awesome as it would take forever to write it all in manually. It now is much easier to search for a serial.

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Another Easy Way to Make Dozens of Tweaks to Windows 4 years 8 months ago Aninnymous

Poorly error trapped. Crashes to desktop - I assume because .NET 4.5 Framework not installed but it could be anything else as well.

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Another Easy Way to Make Dozens of Tweaks to Windows 4 years 8 months ago v.laurie The tip says explicitly that.NET Framework 4.5 is required. view
Another Easy Way to Make Dozens of Tweaks to Windows 4 years 8 months ago Aninnymous

Yep, I DID notice Vic. But it does not mean that the dev need not check for it's absence and either notify the user (error trap gracefully) or install it when needed (a proactive bonus)that many others do automatically. CTD ?

If that is not checked, what other 'shortcuts' has the dev made ? I am not reassured.

Personally, I find it quite annoying that we must install something like half dozen apparently mutually incompatible versions of .Net Framework and leave them all there. MS is incapable of releasing native code compilers these days or just does not like the idea of efficiency ? The least they could do is backward compatibility for each release.

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Another 60+ Free Books from Microsoft 6 years 5 months ago Anupam These are really for advanced and serious programmers. Still thanks Robert :). view
Another 60+ Free Books from Microsoft 6 years 5 months ago jmjsquared

Thanks, Rob. Definitely not coffee table books. :)

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Another 60+ Free Books from Microsoft 6 years 5 months ago ITtrainer

the link seems to take forever .....wasn't able to get anything out of it ......not working !

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If the gingerbread tablet I had was anything to go by, you'd do better to bin it and get the latest model, because no one is interested in giving you any support, and it runs like a slug on tranquilizers

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Android Free Game of the Year 2015 4 years 9 months ago zep321

George J

Thanks a million for the tip on Quizup!

I've been a trivia fanatic all my life and this is ,by far, the best trivia game I've
come across regardless of medium.It's quick,exciting, and the rankings by locale are a stroke of genius.

Again, many thanks.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago oblivion

I grant it's possibly slightly less lightweight, and it's donationware (which still includes "free" as donations are optional) but my screenshot tool of choice is donationcoder.com's ScreenshotCaptor. I haven't done a feature-by-feature comparison but my sense is that the latter delivers a bit more "bang for your buck" (or, perhaps, "bang for your no bucks"!)

 

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago HellcatM

I use ShareX, it does a lot and its free.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago Kumar_Shah

Very happy using Lightshot. For that matter, why not just stick with the Windows Snipping Tool?

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago Australia

With respect, I fundamentally disagree with the idea that 'less is more'
I use Windows 7, and have at least 50 programs on my computer, many which I need for work, others are useful utilities
These include Office suites, PDF utilities, audio and video editors, and various system tools
I have also been using Windows since Windows 3.1

The main problem with installing programs is that as you install them, a lot of software insists on starting up every time you log into Windows
This leads to a slow startup when you turn on your computer, a slower computer, and a slower shutdown
It is often difficult to eradicate these programs once they put themselves on the Windows Startup program list

I have five solutions which prevents program bloat on my Windows 7 setup, and keeps my computers running quickly

1)A start up monitor.
When installing new software, it alarms every time a program insists on starting every time Windows starts, so you can block this option immediately
I use the free program, Start Up Monitor.
Windows should have this as a default program, but a quick computer has never been Microsofts priority
https://web.archive.org/web/20131113154828/http://www.mlin.net/StartupMonitor.shtml

2)A system restore creator
Creates a new system restore each time I turn on my computer
- if my computer ever slows down - its usually either to a new program causing slowness, or spyware
- restoring the registry to a date earlier in the week usually fixes things
- I use the freeware Restore Point Creator, it is better than the default Windows System Restore, which doesnt regularly set Restore Points
- https://www.toms-world.org/blog/restore_point_creator

3)Use portable programs where possible.
Portable programs dont clutter up the registry and dont insist on running every time Windows starts

4)A good program uninstaller

5)A good task manager, so I can see if a new program uses a lot of memory
If a program uses >50MB of memory, and it isnt essential program, then it gets uninstalled.
I use the free Process Hacker portable
I dislike the way Firefox is a massive memory hog that slows my computer, but thats another story

In this way, I can install and uninstall the programs that I need, and even with 50 programs, my computer runs like new
Without steps 1-4, the registry invariably gets cluttered, and the computer invariably slows with every new software installation

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago Australia

Thanks for your suggestion Rob

I have found the portable version of Greenshot exists, version 1.29
http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/Multimedia/Graphics/Portable-Greenshot.shtml

Greenshot looks like a very versatile and sound program
- allows you to set your own Hotkeys
- very customisable
The reasons I dont use Greenshot
- It uses 50MB of RAM, my preferred utility uses 16MB RAM
- The Greenshot preferences insist the screenshot be saved as an image file - which I dont want (although I think I have found a workaround)
I dont want my hard drive being filled with screenshot images
I just want to copy screenshots to the clipboard, and not be saved on my hard drive

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago ksmall1998

I'm very happy with Snipping Tool

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago eikelein

@Australia:
Generally I agree with you.

But what all discussion about these sort of utilities miss, understandably miss I should say, is the ease of use aspect. Ease of use is a highly subjective issue and I would not know how to measure or quantify that.

As far as ease of use goes good old Gadwin Print Screen version 4.7 seems to be a front runner; even my mostly non-technical customers learn how to do it if they need a screen shot. If you are interested:
https://eikes-computer-stuff.blogspot.com/2009/06/screen-shots.html

Btw. I appreciate all the mentions of alternatives, thanks to whom it may concern.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago Remah

I agree with principle that less is more AND I agree with what you say. :-D

Thanks for taking the time to record a helpful checklist. A lot of people would benefit from your approach, actively managing their system rather than piling on more and more bloated and ineffectual software. I'm continually pruning my installed software so I can be more focused - games are always first to go because they distract me so much.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago budchekov

ST, ^ Which has some great not so obvious features like capturing dropdown menus.;)

Thanks rob, tried Greenshot but found it a little overblown for my needs, the last free version of FastStone Capture's my long time fave.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago Jim Foster

You are all to kind to Rob for his "less is more comment" which shows quite clearly he is not a content creator and makes me wonder what in fact he does for a living. For my motorcycle hobby I have programs to manipulate and create routes for my GPS. To manipulate data I have statistical programs and add-ins for excel. How about different video editors and programs to manipulate and edit images. I like to stream content to my TV and ship it around and store it and manipulate ,my cloud storage. Naturally I have skype and other communication tools and can test my internet connection in various ways. LESS IS MORE is NUTS. Get a fast computer Rob. And I go back to computing BEFORE the IBM PC when we used CPM. As for the recommended screen capture program...please. We all appreciate it that its your favorite. That hardly makes it the best free one.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago Gil Mensch

Australia, after you capture a region with Greenshot, "copy to clipboard" is an option, along with send to printer, save to disk, e-mail, open in the Greenshot image editor, send to MSPaint, and save to Imgur.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago acz

Windows snipping tool has worked reliably for me over a period of many years, if there is some function it does not perform, then clearly it must be something that I have never needed. Thanks anyway.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago Gil Mensch

Jim, you're being awfully harsh on a guy who spends a ton of time bringing free, useful programs to our attention without any compensation from us. He never claimed it was the "best" app of its type. He merely said he finds it to be the most useful of a set of freeware apps he uses regularly. Why do you criticize him for that?

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago Danbjt

Have to pass on your pick. The go to for me, which I've used for years, is Picpick. Best there is in my opinion.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago Remah

+1 Gil Mensch, very well said.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago FJL

Concur, its been great for years

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago tacenator

I as sure we all have a fav. Think I found this in Gizmo. I love how this works and the editor is easy and works great. Really like Screenpresso! Give it a whirl:
https://www.screenpresso.com/

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago Jim Foster

Sorry guys your comments are well made. I did not realize that this was the "Rob Blog" where people who open the email are doing so they are curious about how Rob approaches computing and what he personally uses.. Meaning, I did not understand that but supposed the email was a service by the Gizmo web site to give me advice that is useful on the best free software out there. Rob telling me what he personally uses not in the context of it being the best out there .. really not why I opened the email as I'm interested in someone who has my needs in mind telling me the best software out there. And in this case the software he recommends is not even on the recommended Screen Capture free list by TechSupportAlert plus he reveals in his comments about computing generally that he likely does not have day to day familiarity with business and content creator users and how they set up their computers, use them, what they do and need. However, I get it. Volunteers should not be criticized and I over reacted in the context just explained. Now that I get it that this is the Rob Blog I'll not open these emails again. Sorry to offend.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago SwanKnight (not verified)

I used to use "GreenShot" until I came across "LightShot", then I switched. It's not as verastile as the former but it has all I that I need and feels less cluttered. I suggest you give it a try.

https://app.prntscr.com/en/index.html

Edit: It's worth nothing that "LightShot" is missing the option to censor/blur parts of the screenshot.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago eikelein

Jim,

I will consciously pour oil on the fire. it seems to me you are the offended one.

Reason #1: "... I'm interested in someone who has my needs in mind ..." sounds to me personally like a very cheap cop out. How can any body here have any ideas about "who has my needs in mind"? Your needs are your problem, not ours.

If you are a "...business and content creator ..." I would expect you to know where you are when you sign up for emails. Maybe we need your expertise and experience here on gizmo's freeware forum? Would you please volunteer to take responsibility for the Screen Capture list?

Reason #2: Your "... I'll not open these emails again ..." is a punitive and guilt inducing reaction of a little boy. Again, I would have to ask why did you sign up for these notifications in the first place? And what about just unsubscribing? BUt I know, growing up is painful ;-)

Oh, BTW, after reading through this a second time I stand by it and will not apologize for or renege on it.

And Happy Easter!

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago arieshifman

Very good. Very useful. Thanks.

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An Update For The Freeware Program I Use Every Day 2 years 7 months ago PhilR_SoT

I agree, after using LightShot for the first time, it's now installed on all the computers I use.

There's a both a full Windows program and also addons for most (all ?) of the popular browsers.

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago Joe A.TT

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

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

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago Anupam To avoid toolbar or any other unwanted software with CCleaner, users should download either the portable version, or the slim version, from here: https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/builds The slim version is made available atleast a week after CCleaner is updated with a new version. The slim version does not have any bundled software with it. I always choose to wait for slim version. view
An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago Zenegog

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

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago MidnightCowboy

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

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago Gil Mensch

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

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

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago KenA

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

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago BillK

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

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago crosseyedlemon

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

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago crosseyedlemon

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

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago MidnightCowboy

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

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

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

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago eikelein

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

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

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

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago eikelein

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

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago classicggma65

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

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago swreynolds

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

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago texastechy

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

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago godel

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

It speeds up things a lot.

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago godel

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

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

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

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

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago Zenegog

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

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

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago MidnightCowboy

You can see various entries by searching the Piriform forum.

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

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

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago crosseyedlemon

One of the reasons I'm a huge supporter of Gizmo's Freeware site is that they provide a balanced perspective of software, stating the pros and cons and letting the reader decide what suits their needs best. When you see an article like the one from HTG you immediately see the author has an axe to grind and can assume you will not be getting that important balanced perspective.

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago eikelein

MC,
I adore your capability to say nasty truth nicely. WOW!
I don't have the after work bar experience but YEAH, you tell it how it is.

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago Zenegog

MC - How do you personally keep a system optimized (assuming you keep away from registry cleaning)?

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An Update For The Best Free Windows Cleanup Tool 3 years 9 months ago MidnightCowboy I only install stuff I really need rather than what some vendor website tells me I must have. Anything I am not totally sure about gets trialed first using ToolWiz Time Freeze. I also use portable programs wherever possible to minimize what gets written to the registry. I don't even use a third party defrag because I find the built-in Windows tool perfectly adequate. MC - Site Manager. view
An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 years 11 months ago PhilR_SoT

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

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 years 11 months ago crombierob

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

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