Recent Comments Posted

toggle-button

This is a list of the most recently posted comments on the site sorted so that the most recent comments appear first. 

You can however sort the list on Article title by clicking on the column heading. To see actual comments click the + sign.

 

Article title Time postedsort ascending Poster Comment Link
How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 1 month 2 weeks ago rajonrondo

Rising antivirus DOES have an online form for false-positive submissions:

http://mailcenter.rising.com.cn/filecheck_en/

Please update your page

view
How to Disable SearchUI.exe in Windows 10 1 month 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Oh thank you for your kind words. :)

I would not be at all surprised if this surfaces again after updates. Other things pop up after updates that I thought I'd disabled so one more wouldn't be a shock. :) I keep batch and reg files in a folder, ready for reuse. ¯\(°_o)/¯

view
How to Disable SearchUI.exe in Windows 10 1 month 2 weeks ago rhiannon

You're very welcome, I'm glad you like it. :)

view
How to Disable SearchUI.exe in Windows 10 1 month 2 weeks ago Bruce_Fraser

Thanks, rhiannon.
You hit another one out of the park!

view
How to Disable SearchUI.exe in Windows 10 1 month 2 weeks ago now john

Permanent might be too much to hope for. I ran the batch file last year, but I checked today after reading your article and found the old renamed file but also a new instance of searchui.exe. I am guessing that it is something that is reinstalled occasionally when Windows is updated. I have a script that I run at start up and will add a line to check if the file exists. Thank you much for the reminder, and thank you much for the many helpful hints that you have shared over the years.

john

view
Happy New Year and Happy New Decade Greetings from Gizmo 1 month 2 weeks ago JoeyBorda

Longo Vivas Tempore et Bene Sit (live long and prosper)

view
Thank You for Donating 1 month 2 weeks ago AJNorth

Gizmo,

I hope that your family and you are all safe and well -- and have not experienced any losses (or at the most, very minimal).

Please take good care!

Cheers,

AJN

view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 month 2 weeks ago NotSoSure

So, this is your idea of a review summary? On this page (techsupportalert.com/best-free-anti-virus-software.html), you list 5 programs, one with 5 stars, two with 4.5 stars, and two with 4 stars. I followed the link from the program with 5 stars (Read Full Review) because I was interested, and it took me to a page that repeated the same summary info on the product with a few more fruitless links and no more detailed info. How are your readers supposed to make informed decisions when links from "summaries" to more detail produce nothing?

view
Happy New Year and Happy New Decade Greetings from Gizmo 1 month 2 weeks ago danielson

Thank you Gizmo!

Although humanity's outlook is (as you rightly pointed out) quite bleak, as long as there is life, there will be hope.
This helps me to overcome paralyzing pessimistic sentiments.
There is no denying that we are heading at an ever-increasing pace, to a stronger tyranny led by the powers that be.
But as with any mafia, there will come a pivotal time when they will battle amongst themselves and unfortunately, the ordinary population will suffer the consequences - but a new day will come out of these ashes!
Common good and respect for the rights and dignity of each person will prevail!

- - - - -

Prayers for Australians and others who suffer such atrocities you mentioned.

view
Happy New Year and Happy New Decade Greetings from Gizmo 1 month 2 weeks ago Bob F.

I didn't know you were from Australia . Everyone in Canada that I know is wishing Australia well. The two biggest problems we all face today is climate change ( man made or natural) its still a serious problem . The second problem is the uneven distribution of wealth which is causing political problems just about everywhere,
and some climate deniers will use the second issue to do nothing about the first . One day hopefully reason will return .
Happy New Year Bob F.

view
How to Find Out Where Shortened URLs Go 1 month 3 weeks ago antdude

Ah. :) Just got to be careful with these web sites that track your URLs. :/

view
How to Find Out Where Shortened URLs Go 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

There are probably are. The ones I've been finding and testing this last week weren't very good. Several of them wouldn't support a few of the more well known sites like bit.ly or ow.ly. I like the one you gave, the tracking is terrific.

view
How to Find Out Where Shortened URLs Go 1 month 3 weeks ago antdude

You're welcome. :) I am sure there are more!

view
How to Find Out Where Shortened URLs Go 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Ohhhhh I like that one, thank you!

view
How to Find Out Where Shortened URLs Go 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Thank you for your kind words and good wishes, Happy New Year to you as well. I hope the year brings you many wonderful things. I wish the same to all the Gizmo crew and all the great people who read or visit us. :)

view
How to Find Out Where Shortened URLs Go 1 month 3 weeks ago eikelein

Ms. rhiannon,
have a HAPPY and HEALTHY NEW YEAR!
Thank you very much - again.
You always live up to and surpass my high expectations!

And I read up on what Wikipedia has to say about your pseudonym.
Enchanting - to say the least.

view
An Open Source and Secure Messenger App Supporting Multiple Platforms 1 month 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee @C G Curtis, Signal is a separate service from WhatsApp and/or Messenger. view
How to Find Out Where Shortened URLs Go 1 month 3 weeks ago antdude

https://wheregoes.com is another one. :)

view
How to Find Out Where Shortened URLs Go 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon You're welcome. Google's URL shortener had an address bar shortcut too but they shuttered the service. view
How to Find Out Where Shortened URLs Go 1 month 3 weeks ago Rick Grunwald

Thanks. This is good stuff and while I have a couple of sites bookmarked, I did not know about the Tinyurl nor bitly shortcuts to do the same
I learned something and for that I thank you again

view
All the Windows 10 Tutorials You’ll Ever Need 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

You're more than welcome, I'm glad you find it useful. :)

view
All the Windows 10 Tutorials You’ll Ever Need 1 month 3 weeks ago 4sure5

Great resource-thank you! I look after several family computers, so this will be very helpful as I learn as I go.

view
Best Free Torrent Search Engines 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy This section currently has no editor. Maybe you would like to take it over and update the links? MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Torrent Search Engines 1 month 3 weeks ago mikedutch

Most of these links are dead.

view
An Open Source and Secure Messenger App Supporting Multiple Platforms 1 month 3 weeks ago C G Curtis

Does Signal integrate with WhatsApp and/or Messenger or is it standalone. It would be a big job to get a significant number of friends onto a new messenger App

view
All the Windows 10 Tutorials You’ll Ever Need 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

You're very welcome.

view
Get Reverse Image Search in Your Browser’s Right Click Menu 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

I'm happy you like it. You can add more image search sites in the extension options if you like.

view
All the Windows 10 Tutorials You’ll Ever Need 1 month 3 weeks ago gizmofan1248

Oh yes, now I see it! Thanks!

view
Get Reverse Image Search in Your Browser’s Right Click Menu 1 month 3 weeks ago David R

Yes ! This works. It gave me the option of FOUR search engines. Google, Tin Eye, IQDB, and SauveNAO.

view
Get Reverse Image Search in Your Browser’s Right Click Menu 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

I've been using it a lot and it's sped up the process of finding images quite a bit. 

view
All the Windows 10 Tutorials You’ll Ever Need 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

You're welcome. :)
If you scroll down to the bottom of the page the download and Google Sheets links are below the tutorials and above the tutorial categories.

view
All the Windows 10 Tutorials You’ll Ever Need 1 month 3 weeks ago gizmofan1248

Great resource! Thanks!
How do you download the index as a PDF or XLS file? I can only see that I can "Save as..." HTML.

view
Get Reverse Image Search in Your Browser’s Right Click Menu 1 month 3 weeks ago Rick Grunwald

Thanks! I will try this one out

view
Wallpaper of the Week: Night Desert 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

That's amazing.

view
Wallpaper of the Week: Night Desert 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

I'm happy you enjoy them. :)

view
Wallpaper of the Week: Night Desert 1 month 3 weeks ago AlanWade

Most of your wallpapers are great but this is fantastic, my sort of colours too.

view
Wallpaper of the Week: Night Desert 1 month 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee From reddit, happened yesterday.

view
Wallpaper of the Week: Night Desert 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

I've been enjoying it. I've been checking in at the reddit earth p**n page, some nice stuff lately. :)

view
Wallpaper of the Week: Night Desert 1 month 3 weeks ago Rick Grunwald

Your Olympic Range wallpaper is awesome too

view
Best VPN Services for 2019 1 month 4 weeks ago Anderton

Bit of a sweeping statement, that: "there are no free VPN services". Oh really?
Canadian VPN Windscribe, which has racked up some pretty good reviews over the years it has been in operation, provides a stripped-down free VPN service. I'm using it right now here in the UK. Choice of countries, even choice of servers in some xcities (I can pick from 3 in London) and 10GB a month allowance. Which isn't as good as unlimited, but then you're not paying anything for it. The premium service is good value compared to the large amounts of money being asked by other providers, and Windscribe is the only one -- or so I believe -- to have a special facility, Windflix, to get round Netflix locational problems. It'd be nice if people checked their facts before posting seemingly definitive statements about "no such thing as a free VPN". PS: I've used the annoyingly cutesy Tunnelbear before, but time after time its software created various problems on my PC and had to be uninstalled. PPS: you can actually get a much enlarged Windscribe allowance by browsing the 'Net for Windscribe promotions. Look for any where the voucher code word is COMPUTER, as that is a recurring Windscribe free offer.
** By complete coincidence, one of Windscribe's regular 'special offers' cropped up while I was penning this note. As a former subscriber (the subscription lapsed 3 months ago; I've been using the free service ever since) Windscribe offered a 'Christmas present' of 12 months' subscription for a mere 20 $USD. I'm in the UK, and according to PayPal's quoted exchanhge rate at the time of this offer, the £GBP cost was only £16.27p. I'm amending this post to make it clear that I'm now not on the free Windscribe service and to demonstrate that this company certainly offers excellent discount deals on a regular basis. Other than being a satisfied customer, I have no connection with it, but I do think it'd be worth incorporating in any extended TSA review of VPN services in future.

view
Best Free Online Applications 1 month 4 weeks ago Proofy

I think for email and email marketing, one of the best services is an email validation service like (https://proofy.io/) or other.

view
Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2020 1 month 4 weeks ago David R

Horrible choice for Nots. Evernote requires a sign on. It was over 40 MB , not 11. Bloated spyware !

view
All the Windows 10 Tutorials You’ll Ever Need 1 month 4 weeks ago rhiannon

There are a bunch. :)

view
All the Windows 10 Tutorials You’ll Ever Need 1 month 4 weeks ago Rick Grunwald

That IS a pile of tutorials and some great stuff in there
Thanks

view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 20 hours ago MidnightCowboy

I'm not sure why everyone else should avoid this because you install stuff you haven't checked first.
This add-on is part of their suite and also available separately for anyone who wants it.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/360-internet-protection/glcime...

We even list an advisory about this in our own product details but I guess you didn't read that either. MC - Site Manager.

view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 20 hours ago humpty

Qihoo 360 installed a toolbar and a shopping extension in my Chrome browser. Best avoid it. I'm using Windows 10.

view
Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 2 months 1 day ago humpty

Foxit's GUI is WAY too cluttered. SumatraPDF's interface is clean and minimal so it stays out of the user's way.

view
Prevent Microsoft from Installing Edge Chromium on Windows 10 2 months 1 day ago rhiannon

It's an issue, and given some of the consequences for some people when Windows 10 updates rolled out....a heads up seemed like a good idea. :)

view
Prevent Microsoft from Installing Edge Chromium on Windows 10 2 months 1 day ago Mike29322

Yes, for Microsoft, Google, or any provider to change defaults when 'revision' software is provided is just plain wrong and can create hours of 'reconstruct' time at the worst. Thanks for getting back so quickly. ╰(*°▽°*)╯ Mike29322

view
Get the classic Windows 7 and 8 Calculator in Windows 10 2 months 1 day ago rhiannon

That's a good tip, thanks!

view
Get the classic Windows 7 and 8 Calculator in Windows 10 2 months 1 day ago Dan Selwyn

You can type the brackets from a keyboard while the calculator is in standard mode.

view
Prevent Microsoft from Installing Edge Chromium on Windows 10 2 months 1 day ago rhiannon

Good question. :)

It's not important that Edge be blocked per se - I like it and use it and think it's coming along very well as an alternative to Chrome. I like that it uses Google extensions, and Microsoft has started the process of giving developers the ability to create extensions for Edge Chromium so it looks like they'll have some of their own from outside sources.

What's important is that people don't have a new browser installed without knowing about it, and depending on what browser is used, being caught out with a new browser they didn't know about and may not have wanted set as a default. Internet Explorer 11 is still available in Windows 10 (for now) and people still use it.

I know several people who've used Firefox for many years that upgraded to Windows 10 and had no idea Edge was a web browser. They didn't know what it was so they never used it. I don't think Microsoft will set the new version of Edge as the default after it's rolled out as a Windows 10 update, but I don't know that they won't. Windows 10 has changed defaults for other things on my system (and others systems) without warning, sooooo.... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Microsoft has released early builds of Chromium Edge for Windows 7 and 8.1 so earlier Windows versions will run Edge, but it would be a voluntary download for earlier Windows versions. The previous version of Edge wouldn't run on Windows 7 or 8.1. This Chromium based build will - giving people on earlier operating systems an alternative to Google.

view
Prevent Microsoft from Installing Edge Chromium on Windows 10 2 months 1 day ago Mike29322

Why is it so important to block this update. From the post above, it sounds like a solid alternative to the presently existing Edge and other broswers, especially for those of us for whom the word "Google" leaves a bad taste in one's mouth.

view
Best VPN Services for 2019 2 months 2 days ago MidnightCowboy If you had read the article you would have seen "In preparing this series of reviews we looked at 23 commercial VPN services". MC - Site Manager. view
Best VPN Services for 2019 2 months 2 days ago Rocki

Hotspot Shield is NOT free. There are no free VPN services

view
Remove Your Personal Information from the Internet for Free 2 months 5 days ago rhiannon

You're more than welcome. :)

view
Remove Your Personal Information from the Internet for Free 2 months 5 days ago warra

Thanks rhiannon,
some good stuff there.
cheers

view
Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 2 months 6 days ago Susan G

Very cool, thanks for keeping such up to date reports like this.

http://eyebrowthreadinginfo.com/

up to date

view
Increase Your Online Safety with this Surveillance Self-Defense Guide 2 months 6 days ago rhiannon

I'm glad you like it :)

view
Increase Your Online Safety with this Surveillance Self-Defense Guide 2 months 6 days ago Rick Grunwald

Good post. There is something there for eveyone
Thanks

view
Best Free Online Applications 2 months 1 week ago SangaviSargunas...

http://www.shareworldtech.com/
Try this

view
Best Free Online Applications 2 months 1 week ago SangaviSargunas...

http://www.shareworldtech.com/ - Shareworld Technologies primarily come up with a well-structured and tailor-made approach from our expertise namely the creators, designers dwell on brand strategies such that it allows you to harmonize and burn your business calories, communicating them through engaging and integrated brand experience to achieve your tangible results and that is the only reason for us to be on top of Digital Marketing Company in Chennai

view
TagScanner 2 months 1 week ago runbei

Thanks for the recommendation. An awesome tag scanner, IMHO. Automatically hops to the next track when you press Ctrl-S to save, and just generally gets out of the way and lets you tag tracks quickly and smoothly. Bravo to the devs.

view
Best Free Office Suite 2 months 1 week ago tatiana.larina

The latest updtae of WPS started messing with my Windows 10 system - I was unable to launch Windows Explorer from the taskbar, various right-clicks didn't work, I was also unable to launch Windows command prompt as an administrator. I realized that WPS was the problem only after I created a new Windows profile and transferred all my data (took me half a day) Then I installed WPS and boom, the problems started again. I was so mad.

view
How to Add a Drive to the Windows 10 Taskbar 2 months 1 week ago BobT55

True there is no icon to use or change but left-clicking the right-facing chevrons (») on the right of your name opens the menu. I usually use a very short name for the first level menu (e.g. MyStuff) and then add sub-folders to insert shortcuts for other items into... Apps / Links / Folders etc. It's just "my way" to do it... not necessarily the best for everyone.

view
How to Add a Drive to the Windows 10 Taskbar 2 months 1 week ago Vasi

That's easier, indeed. But it seems you cannot choose an icon for that (even the yellow folder icon is not there, just the name I gave) and, most importantly, the folder I created to the taskbar does not open with a regular left-click!

view
Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 2 months 1 week ago ako

I have no expertise on this. By googling you will find many canditates. Please do your  due diligance and inform us on your findings.

view
Best Free OCR Software 2 months 1 week ago psnttp

Please have a look at OCRvision. OCRvision is a PDF OCR software. It can convert scanned PDF in a folder to searchable PDF automatically. YOu can download the OCR software for free from www.ocrvision.com

view
How to Add a Drive to the Windows 10 Taskbar 2 months 1 week ago rhiannon

That's another great way to customize the toolbar, thanks for the tip.

view
How to Add a Drive to the Windows 10 Taskbar 2 months 1 week ago rhiannon

Thank you, I'm happy you like it. :)

view
Wallpaper of the Week: Green Forest Reflection 2 months 1 week ago rhiannon

Yep some more than others. :)
I try to choose ones that most people might like.
Some I like, others not so much.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

view
Wallpaper of the Week: Green Forest Reflection 2 months 1 week ago danielson

My pleasure!

Appreciate yours too! ;)

Some more than others.
I'm not too fussy on abstract art, but there the occasional, exceptional ones.

view
How to Add a Drive to the Windows 10 Taskbar 2 months 1 week ago BobT55

Even easier - Right click on taskbar, select toolbars / new toolbar. Navigate to the drive you want and click select folder. Drive is now available on right side of the taskbar. Even better - You can also create a folder anywhere on a drive, fill it with your favorite shortcuts, including drives/folders/apps, and select that folder for the new toolbar and you get a convenient access to all your favorites!

view
How to Add a Drive to the Windows 10 Taskbar 2 months 1 week ago Rick Grunwald

That is a great tip!
Thanks

view
Wallpaper of the Week: Green Forest Reflection 2 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Nice! I grabbed a few of those. Thank you.

view
Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 2 months 2 weeks ago footpatrol

Would this be categorized under another list? Any good place to look? Thanks.

view
How to Schedule or Delay Sending Email Messages 2 months 2 weeks ago zachw

Another +1 for Send Later for Thunderbird.

view
Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 2 months 2 weeks ago ako

Such data is outside of scope of this list.

view
How to Stop Windows 10 from Saving JPGs as JFIFs 2 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

You're very welcome. :) Thank you for the kind words.

view
How to Stop Windows 10 from Saving JPGs as JFIFs 2 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

That's correct. This is the complete content of my reg file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\MIME\Database\Content Type\image/jpeg]
"Extension"=".jpg"

I like reg files, once they are created they are so much easier to work with. I have a handful I use often.

Thank you for your very kind words. :)

view
How to Stop Windows 10 from Saving JPGs as JFIFs 2 months 2 weeks ago Hopalong

Thanks Riannon. Appreciate your time, expertise and patience.

view
How to Stop Windows 10 from Saving JPGs as JFIFs 2 months 2 weeks ago mchldpy

at rhiannon,
I am glad to see you made a .reg file to handle this. That's probably the safest and easiest way for the majority to fix this.
Just to be sure -
the last line has 4 quotation marks, beginning, end and surrounding the equal sign?

thank you for your work

view
Wallpaper of the Week: Green Forest Reflection 2 months 2 weeks ago danielson

Spotted this one of the solar system via a thread at DonationCoder forum:
https://www.koreus.com/image/salar-uyuni-etoile.html

Pretty spiffy!

view
How to Stop Windows 10 from Saving JPGs as JFIFs 2 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

I'm glad you thought so, I tried to make it easy to follow. It's one of those things that's easy to do but takes a long time to explain. I'm happy to save images as jpgs again.

view
How to Schedule or Delay Sending Email Messages 2 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Thanks for the tip, that looks very handy. :)

view
How to Stop Windows 10 from Saving JPGs as JFIFs 2 months 2 weeks ago Rick Grunwald

The registry hack is easy Thank you!

view
CD Recovery Toolbox 2 months 2 weeks ago blondamps

NOT mentioned in the description is that this software doesn't recover audio from CDs; it might be worth including that piece of information.

view
Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 2 months 2 weeks ago footpatrol

Are there any legitimate good free "disposable phone number sites"?
Please add to list.

view
How to Schedule or Delay Sending Email Messages 2 months 2 weeks ago Rick Grunwald

If you use Thunderbird, there is an add-on called Send Later that lets you schedule an unlimited number of emails. You might want to install the Send Later button which is separate, while you're at it

view
Wallpaper of the Week: Green Forest Reflection 2 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

You're welcome, I'm glad you like it.

view
Wallpaper of the Week: Green Forest Reflection 2 months 3 weeks ago Rick Grunwald

Thanks!

view
How To Stop "This Website Uses Cookies" Notice Pop Up In Your Browser 2 months 3 weeks ago testguy

There's still a good way to avoid annoying banners and at the same time comply with the law. Not applicable to all the services of course, but may be a good solution for visitors tracking and analytics for example: https://about.xroom.app/en/privacy

view
Use Two-Factor Authentication To Enhance Your Account Security 2 months 3 weeks ago rogerms

It is important to use 2FA when possible. I'd suggest using Authy instead of Google Authenticator though. It allows synchronization with Authy on other devices, secured by a password. Most importantly, it makes it easy to setup the authenticator on a new device, no need to update all of the accounts where it is used. And yes, make sure that password is strong and protected.

view
CDCheck 2 months 3 weeks ago FJ FIGUERO

Thanks for your cooperaton.

view
Where to Download Offline Installers for Firefox and Chrome 2 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

I hadn't heard they were making any changes to the ftp site, thanks for mentioning it.

view
Test Web Pages Across Multiple Browsers and Operating Systems for Free 2 months 3 weeks ago tarstarkas27

Try out this site for testing Microsoft Edge for free: https://www.browserstack.com

view
Fusion 2 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for letting us know. The download link has now been updated. MC - Site Manager. view
Fusion 2 months 3 weeks ago Fairportfan

The link given is dead.

view
Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 2 months 3 weeks ago Fairportfan

"Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died?"

Given that it will be 2020 in 32 days and i'm posting this via the internet... i think we have the answer.

{Please note the attached ISO 9235 International Smartass Signifier glyph...}

view
Best Free High Dynamic Range (HDR) Software 2 months 3 weeks ago Fairportfan

One reason that i resisted digital for so long - bought my first DSLR in 2011, bought my first SLR in 1969 - was the simple fact that film {while limited in comparison to the human eye} had {and still has, really} a dynamic range and resolution greater than any but the most expensive digital gear out there.

I note that even some consumer-level DSLRs have reached the point where, in many cases. it is the lens, rather than the sensor, that limits performance.

I really like my Nikon 5300...

view

Pages