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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 years 11 months ago willrun4fun

Same. Simple and it's already there.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 years 11 months ago Mark S.

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

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

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 years 11 months ago yogi22

I like the browser addon FireShot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Merry Christmas to all!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 years 11 months ago bili_39

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agreed,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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An Update For Every Techie's Favourite Tool 3 years 1 week ago TheIntersect

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

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

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

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An Update For Every Techie's Favourite Tool 3 years 1 week ago pvilan

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

Peter

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An Update For Every Techie's Favourite Tool 3 years 1 week ago Sgluber

+1
:-)

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An Update For Every Techie's Favourite Tool 3 years 1 week ago AJNorth

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

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

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An Update For Every Techie's Favourite Tool 3 years 1 week ago budchekov

+ 2
:)

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 5 years 10 months ago eikelein

Wow!

Just did a mini-micro test and WOW!

Only thing I miss is ability to save locally on the computer or flash drive. I want a backup don't I?

I will talk about that on my next radio show. Sure hope that this or similar services one day will give Micro$oft a run for their money. Well, dreaming is allowed, isn't it?

UPDATE about ten minutes later:

Yes, even in the free version you CAN "download" the file in various formats. My LibreOffice loaded and showed the demo.docx file just fine.

I am majorly impressed. Thanks a big bunch to rob.schifreen.

This the sort of thing that makes me regret I could not donate more than I did.

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 5 years 10 months ago Nina_Gorbunova

Rob thank you so much for the review!
We're so happy Teamlab is mentioned with such warm words ))
Thanks a lot, we'll try to keep the quality as high as possible.
Nina, Teamlab Office Marketing Manager

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 5 years 10 months ago Nina_Gorbunova

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

Best,
Nina, Teamlab Office Marketing Manager

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 5 years 10 months ago jandbrare

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

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 5 years 10 months ago Nina_Gorbunova

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

Thanks in advance,
Best regards,
Nina

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 5 years 10 months ago stratos

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

Hope this one is easier to try.

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 5 years 10 months ago jandbrare

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

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 5 years 10 months ago Bywater

Checked out the demos. Terrific!

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

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 5 years 10 months ago Nina_Gorbunova

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

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 5 years 10 months ago Nina_Gorbunova

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

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 5 years 10 months ago Nina_Gorbunova

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

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 5 years 10 months ago David Morgan

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

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 5 years 10 months ago Nina_Gorbunova

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

Best,
Nina

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 5 years 10 months ago David Roper

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

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 5 years 10 months ago brunetu

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

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 5 years 1 month ago Nina_Gorbunova

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

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 5 years 1 month ago Nina_Gorbunova

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

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An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 3 years 3 months ago bestyet

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

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An Office Suite That's Especially Designed For Kids 6 years 6 months ago joeguru Writer's D'Lite (aka Writer's Delight) by Van Loo software, makers of SSuite Office I think is good for kids or novice adults. view
An Office Suite That's Especially Designed For Kids 6 years 6 months ago Anupam It's not actually targeted towards kids. More towards writers. It's one of those distraction free writers. view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago Joe A.TT

Excellent article Anupam!

Just 4 observations from me:

1. The free version (which we are concerned with at Gizmo's) only allows users to open one sandbox at a time. So plan with this in mind.

2. After installing Sandboxie for 30 days, the user will get a pop-up dialog box that imposes a 5-second delay.

3. As great a program as Sandboxie is, it is not fool-proof, and users must still be alert and practice safe computer habits.

4. The yellow box surrounding the browser, or whatever program is sandboxed, only appears when the mouse is pointed at the top of the window (at least on my installation of Sandboxie it is so).

1 and 2 above may appear restrictive, but is a small price to pay for such a great program.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago Anupam Thanks a lot Joe :) And really good suggestions! I will include them all in the article. Good observation on the 4th point, will make corrections. Many thanks! :) view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago Anupam I have now made the changes in the article and included all suggestions. Thanks again :). view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago Joe A.TT

I'm just happy that I can make a worthwhile input :)

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago bo.elam

On #4, that's how Appearance works with default settings. If you like the yellow border to remain at all times, Go to:

Sandbox Settings>Appearance and untick "Display the border only when the mouse cursor is in the Window title".

You can also change the color of the border if you like. Personally, I don't like those color and prefer the traditional Sandboxie # marks in the Window title. If you like to try it, untick all settings under appearance and click apply.

Bo

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago pottster

I've been using Sandboxie successfully for years. Having recommended the program to a number of other people this will be an excellent article to point them to for getting started. Even with experienced users it's good to cover the basics again. Many thanks.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago Anupam My pleasure :), and I sincerely hope people will be helped by this article. view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago redstick

I've used Sandboxie for a while, and feel uncomfortable without it; it's like learning to use a seat belt. A couple of things to note: you have to exit Sandboxie to perform changes to profiles -- bookmarks, for example, because your profiles reside in your system (your browser will tell you that the bookmark is saved, but it ain't so). Key loggers can reside in the Sandboxie window and do their dirty, so be paranoid enough to empty the sandbox before going to any sensitive sites (bank, etc.). It should also be a reflex to delete any sandboxed files before closing down.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago Anupam Thanks redstick for your comment :). I agree, once you start using Sandboxie, you get used to it, but that's a good habit to have. I have already mentioned the point about saving settings outside of Sandboxie for them to stick, and have also covered the point about bookmarks, under Settings section about web browsers... by allowing direct access to bookmarks, they will be saved without the need to save them out of Sandboxie. It's a good point about emptying Sandboxie before doing any banking work. I will try to include it in the article somewhere. Thanks :) view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago redstick

Whoops! My bad -- apologies for stating the already stated. Speed-read strikes again.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago harold seattle

I've been using Panda Safe. Sounds about the same. Panda Safe puts you in a virtual box and when you exit everything disappears. Thus no malware. Well to a point. Neither are bullet proof, but for most of us should be more then adequate.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago Jaxon

This is to clear up my comment because a name of my 'commercial' backup program and mentioning the names of my other security programs got deleted and it sort of makes my whole comment sound a bit retarded. My backup program has a feature that resembles Sandboxie, it's sort of a 'try and decide' thing where you can install stuff and if you like it you keep it and if not, turn the feature off and it disappears.
And as for this Sandboxie thing, if you always use it while online, why would you have use for any other security? I did read the caution that you still need your anti-virus, etc. but if you always, 100% of the time you are online are running on this 'virtual' machine (OK,sort of), why would you need anything else? Since you are operating out of a computer that disappears when you're done, why would you still need protection? It'd take some planning and work, I know, but being able to get away from other security software seems like the whole point of using something like Sandboxie. Otherwise, why use it? I'm a careful browser and have never gotten attacked by anything that my anti-virus, firewall, etc. didn't take care of, but why even use it if everything is just temporary? Any answers to the above questions will be appreciated & thanks in advance. Any downloads or bookmarks, notes or other stuff you could have sent to a memory stick or an external drive that you unplug before closing the browser, so it'd be out of Sandboxies reach, right? Probably not, but I can't figure out why.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago Jaxon

I know you, the comment writer can't answer this but I'm curious why your mention of a Panda product got through while my mention of a couple of programs got 'edited' to take the names out. Maybe someone up in the Gizmo office might help me clear the incident up. Not trying to make a fuss, it's just that I don't usually comment here and am trying to figure out the rules. Thanks to anyone that may help me out here.....

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago Anupam Panda Safe is a free product, and therefore, it can be mentioned here. Our site is a freeware based site, and therefore, we discuss only freeware. We remove any mentions of commercial software, because it attracts more commercial software based comments, and also more commercial spam, which we do not want. Hope this clears the issue :). view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago Anupam Thanks for the comment. I was not aware of Panda Safe Browser. Did some reading, and I think to use it, you should have VirtualBox installed on the computer, which is a bit "heavy" software. Whereas Sandboxie is quite lightweight. Anyways, there are alternatives, yes, and its on the user with which he feels more comfortable. view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago Anupam Hi Jaxon, sorry for the edit. This being a freeware site, we allow discussion/mention of only freeware, and edit out commercial stuff, otherwise it just attracts more commercial related stuff and spam. I hope you understand. As for what you say about needing any other security software... those are still needed, because although Sandboxie provides an isolated environment, still, it does not scan the stuff for malware activity, etc, nor does it stop a program from sending out information to the internet, even when running under Sandboxie. Therefore, it's not a replacement for security software like antivirus, or firewall. Sandboxie just provides an isolated environment so that any malware detected cannot escape out to the system. An antivirus is still needed to make sure that the downloaded files, etc are not malicious. Because, if you need to take the files out of Sandboxie, you need to be sure it's not malicious. An antivirus, or an antispyware takes care of that. Atleast general, inexperienced users will still need security software. But yes, if you are experienced enough, and have enough confident on Sandboxie, then you can do without these security software. Some of our site members who are experienced enough are doing that. But still, they do follow safe practices, and also take enough precaution to scan the downloaded files with an on-demand antivirus/antispyware. So, you still have to be careful. About the pen drive/external drive... yes, if you unplug them before closing browser, or emptying Sandboxie, the stuff will remain saved inside it. view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago MidnightCowboy As Anupam states below the main reason for these edits is to deter spam which is currently running in excess of 50,000 attempts (yes that's fifty thousand) a day. Most of this is dealt with automatically but still leaves a significant amount for our volunteers to handle manually. The type of commercial software mentioned in your original post is also one of the most spammed categories here. Thank you for your understanding. MC - Site Manager. view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago Jaxon

Thanks so very much for the informative and inclusive reply. I've been hanging around Gizmos since I discovered the internet and since I live in a rain forest that just recently got other than dial up service it is still a lot newer to me than most. But I catch on quick and at least half of my software comes from recommendations from this site. I sort of figured out why the names that got 'edited' got the circular file but the Panda reference sort of unbalanced me cause I didn't know it was free. About the only thing you didn't clear up completely though is any difference between Sandboxie and the 'try and decide' feature on one of the biggest names in backup software. The few times I've used it, if I'm remembering correctly, it sounds a lot like the Sandbox, with maybe a couple of extra features and the only reason I don't use it more is because I have to open the program, go to that particular tool and wait a few seconds while it checks all my drives involved, because only my OS runs on my small SSD and everything else goes off to several other drives, both internal and external. I do very little random browsing so most of it involves sites I know well and trust completely to a point where my paid security stuff doesn't have much to do. Or at least I don't think it does, it's set on a sort of autopilot setting where I let it make all the decisions, because I've used it for years and it's got a sterling reputation and has never failed me. But it ain't cheap either and as of late I've been debating ways to not use such high end and totally inclusive software, that although my laptop runs with a QX9300 quad core with more RAM than my old OS can even use I'm trying to modernize without giving up the major stuff I'm comfortable with. I tend to start rambling and I'm doing it now so, thanks very much and I'll save my other list of questions for a later date. And since this is maybe the second time I've commented here in the 5 or 6 years I've been hanging around I'll take note of your suggestions and the rules about naming names. Thanks again and Pura vida, as we say round here.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago Jaxon

Without going off on my long winded style, thanks to you too, Cowboy and if you just go up a few comments to my reply to Anupam, consider it as addressed to you too. I may start spending a bit more time reading the articles and comments here, up till now Gizmo's just been a software grab bag (and a good one)for me. Since I'm only about half smart when it comes to the details maybe I can learn something useful if I hang around enough. Ahh, I see the 'Site Manager' note as I write this, so I'll slip an unrelated (well...everything's 'related' when we're talking computers, no?) question. Is there any section, forum, blog or whatever around here where I can ask questions...like for instance, how would I go about 'secure erasing' my first, and getting a bit old but still very much alive, SLC SSD that sits in a drawer only because I've updated to a newer and much much cheaper MLC SSD (from the same company, begins with an 'S'), but despite it's quality I've used it so much, and mistreated it almost as much, that it needs the erase and I've yet to find something that works. Everything I've tried (all variations of the same thing), I haven't been able to get to work. But I'm ranting on again, so if you're not angry yet maybe you could just point me in the right direction. Thanks and Pura vida to you too. Jaxon

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago MidnightCowboy We do indeed have a forum where you can interact with our editors and other members in addition to requesting support on a wide range of topics. MC - Site Manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/ view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago Anupam Jaxon, I haven't used that software which you are talking about, so I can't say what are the differences between it and Sandboxie. All of the software I use are free ones, so I don't need to go for a commercial software, and therefore, I don't have any idea. But, it sounds like a virtualization based software too, like Sandboxie, so if it works for you, then it's good, and you can keep using it. There are other software like Sandboxie, which work on the principle of virtualization and sandbox, like VirtualBox, ToolWiz Time Freeze, Bufferzone, etc. Sandboxie is lightweight, easy to setup, and easy to use, and that's why many people like Sandboxie. You can read the article, try Sandboxie, and see for yourself how it compares to the other software. Then, you can use the one which you like, and which is easy to use. With Sandboxie, you will not have to wait the extra time that you told about. About antivirus, there are many free excellent antivirus present, and if you are looking for a change, you can try them out. I have been using free antivirus for years now, and haven't been infected, like many others on this site. For longer discussion, please start a thread in the forum (link has been provided by MC in reply to your comment below), and we will have the discussion there. Glad you commented, and it would be good to have more discussion with you. Pura Vida :) view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago fandango

Very long time Gizmo fan. Always read items on Sandboxie but shied away from installing because I was uncertain that I had the knowledge/experience to do so. Your clear and detailed article is a terrific help and has prompted me to now finally act. Thanks, thanks, thanks Anupam.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago Anupam Really my pleasure fandango :).. I am glad that the article will help you in trying out Sandboxie :). Good luck, and please post in the forum, if you have any queries. view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago Jaxon

Thanks again and yes, it clears the 'issue' up completely and is totally understood. When I first started buying my own computers, which is only 7 years ago, I didn't know squat and only went with the best software I could find after intensive research in each category and when I discovered Gizmos I filled in a lot of empty spaces with the, thus far, wonderful stuff you offer. I'm talking screen capture, uninstall software, and various other hardware monitoring and tweaking programs. I'm not sure if I found 18kFanGUI here or not (I'm a Dell fan), but that might be the only software other than my security and backup and image and photo stuff that I didn't get here. I'm not trying to be a kiss up but you really do have a wonderful service and I'm going to start treating it other than just a catalog when I want a program. Evernote is the last 'find' I picked up from you and gee, it's incredible they just give you stuff like that. Am I allowed to mention software that I picked up as a free version here but ended up going on to upgrade to the paid version? Because Object Dock, free version was so great that I discovered that the paid version is twice as nice and if I blab names like that do I face the editing squad again? Again, I'm not being snarky, I'm just learning the rules, ya know? That last question about the dock software I ask because my first computer came with Panda on it but it was a 'trial' deal that you had to pay for if you wanted to keep it. And I found it not top notch as far as security suite type programs go. Being paranoid has been a good thing for me as far as online security goes and though I'd love to stop paying for it, I'm just too chicken about keeping my machine squeaky clean, and I do prefer one tool that does it all to avoid the conflicts and the work involved getting a firewall to get along with the antivirus to get along with the malware, etc. I'm willing to pay for software with an 'autopilot' setting, when it comes to security. But free stuff sure is nice and wallet friendly.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 9 months ago Anupam Well, we do not want to be too strict, but yes, it would be good if you avoided mentioning commercial software, even if they were the commercial versions of a free software. After all, the site is about freeware, and we would like to keep it that way :). Also, please post in the forum for longer discussions, or out of topic discussions, since your present comment is not related to the topic. We do appreciate your comment though, and also that you find Gizmo's Freeware useful :). view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 5 months ago Mifune

"Quick Guide to Sandboxie"

"Quick" it is not.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 5 months ago Anupam I agree it looks lengthy, but I have tried to make it as short as possible, and have tried to touch all the important concepts of Sandboxie, which a general user will require to understand, to use Sandboxie properly, without problems. I believe it's still quicker than going trying to understand Sandboxie by yourself. view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 5 months ago Mike C

Yeah, I learned most of Sandboxie by myself, and yet I'm still very glad I read this article. The shortcut thing was particularly helpful. And I still think this is one of the most outstanding freewares around.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 5 months ago Anupam Yes, it's a great software :). I am glad you found the article helpful :). view
An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 8 months ago tedshony

I tried Sandboxie and the options and settings feel lik a maze. Too many settings where I'm not even sure what it's doing.

Toolwiz Timefreeze (freeware) is as simple as it gets. One click starts timefreeze and isolates all changes in a virtual sandbox. One click stops timefreeze and you have the option of keeping all the changes OR dropping all the changes (which automatically restarts your computer).
That's it.

I havn't used Timefreeze long enough to give it a 100% endorsement. But used it for a few days downloading files, deleting files, etc. ..Selecting both options to keep or discard changes and everything worked as advertised.

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 5 years 8 months ago Anupam I know Sandboxie has many settings, which people find a lot to go through initially. I too had that problem in the beginning. That's why I thought of writing this article, which will help people set up Sandboxie in a quick way, with the necessary settings. You have to spend some time reading the article though. Toolwiz TimeFree is an excellent software no doubt. But, so is Sandboxie. Both are good in their own ways. Toolwiz TimeFreeze has the advantage that it's easy to use with no learning curve at all. It's perfect to test out different software. All you have to do is reboot and the changes are gone. But Sandboxie has it's own advantages too, and is specially good for browsing. With Toolwiz TimeFreeze, you have to apply all the changes into the system at once, or discard them all. Whereas, with Sandboxie, you can just take out a file, or files, and you do not have to commit all the changes to the system. Like, you are browsing, and you downloaded a file.. you can take it out to your real system with Sandboxie easily, but you cannot do that with TimeFreeze. Also, with TimeFreeze you have to reboot the computer. Suppose you tested a software running TimeFreeze... you didn't like it. You have to reboot the computer to get rid of the changes. Whereas with Sandboxie, all you have to do is empty the sandbox and it's gone. Both the software are excellent, and both have their uses. For day to day browsing, I would certainly prefer Sandboxie. For system wide testing and other purposes, I use Toolwiz TimeFreeze. view

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