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Freeware Game of the Week (When your favorite Cartoon turned into a Free Game) 5 years 5 months ago wildweaselkeeper

I'm confused; you mention "Game Jolt" (GameJolt) "gamejolt.com", which your link does lead to, but then the links you display for the Pokeman Home page is "pokeman3d.net", but the link takes one to "kayin.pyoko.org/iwbtg" which is not Pokeman, at all, but "I Wanna Be The Guy" which is described as a nail-rippingly difficult platform adventure. The link displayed for the Pokeman Download is "pokeman3d.net/dowloads" which takes one instead to "http://gamejolt.com/games/action/i-wanna-be-the-guy-gaiden/8598" which is indeed on "GameJolt", but not the download for Pokeman, but for "I Want To Be The Guy"

After looking around on "GameJolt" I did indeed find the page for "Pokeman3D" with a download link "http://gamejolt.com/games/adventure/pok-mon3d/10545/#"

And I researched the addresses you displayed and they do indeed lead to a "Pokeman3D" site: http://pokemon3d.net and also the downloads page: http://pokemon3d.net/downloads.

Will the real "Pokeman3D" please stand up! Thank you, for the post.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 4 years 11 months ago wildweaselkeeper

I second that; my question exactly.

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A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux 3 years 5 months ago wildweaselkeeper

I tried flux; it sux. It's way too bossy.

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Try This Brilliant Free Photo Editor 3 years 6 months ago wildweaselkeeper

I don't usually care for cloud applications, but this doesn't require any personal information and unlike Picasa and Chrome, this is not a Google program. The only other company I trust less than Google is Microsoft. And I don't have to install it and use up drive space.

I kinda like this befunky program.

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Try This Brilliant Free Photo Editor 3 years 6 months ago wildweaselkeeper

Yeah, too bad. I didn't know that, but that's why I like Gizmo's so much; I learn something every time I visit the site.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 3 years 5 months ago wildweaselkeeper

Thanks for the Heads Up!

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Find Out Everything About Your PC 3 years 5 months ago wildweaselkeeper

I tried it on my XP system and it didn't work out so well. I'll stick with System Information for Windows (SIW) and the old AIDA 32; I'd buy the newest version if I could afford it, but I can't right now, so I'll stick with the old FREE version.

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Find Out Everything About Your PC 3 years 5 months ago wildweaselkeeper

Sure! I don't have a problem elaborating. I downloaded "Speccy Portable 1.29.714" from Softpedia. I installed it on my hard drive where I install stand alone programs; I need to buy a bigger, better Flash Drive, which I just may do Friday. In any case it wasn't until after I deleted it from my system that I realized that it may not have worked properly because I didn't place it on a portable storage device.

When I opened the program it would not update my CPU, Motherboard, or Storage devices either optical or logical (SATA); there were a few other things it would not update, but I don't remember what those things were.

I downloaded the portable version because Softpedia told me that the regular download of the current version was ad supported. I could have download version 1.25.674, but the portable version was the latest version and did not appear to be ad supported.

I have to admit that the version of "SIW" I use is an older version, about 4 - 6 years old; I'm financially handicapped and cannot afford it at this time.

I stay real busy because I take care of handicapped/disabled adults and that consumes huge amounts of my time. When I have some time I will go back and download version 1.25.674 and give that a go. After I get the new Flash Drive I will download and install the portable version and give it another go.

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Find Out Everything About Your PC 3 years 5 months ago wildweaselkeeper

Thanks, for that; it gives me more confidence in downloading and installing the current version - I'll go do that right now and will still give the portable version another shot when I get a bigger Flash Drive. And I'll come back with an update on how both the regular and portable versions work, for me.

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Find Out Everything About Your PC 3 years 5 months ago wildweaselkeeper

Everyone has an opinion about these kinds of things; as for me I don't trust all software authors sites. I do trust Softpedia; they guarantee their downloads to be free of malware and I've never had a problem with them. The times I have had a problem it has always been with an External Download and been the fault of the authors site. I will ad that I do trust the Pinform site, to a point, but I just default to Softpedia for all my downloads. I've tried countless download sites and Softpedia, in my opinion, is the best. On top of that they let me know when my installed software is updated: one of the biggest reasons I use Softpedia. I would consider myself a techie to the point that I know just enough to keep myself from getting in trouble, but when I get myself in trouble, not always enough to get myself out without having to ask for help. With that said I know a lot of Advanced Techies that swear by Softpedia, but everyone has their own opinion about these sorts of things.

I did download and install "Speccy 1.29.714"; it updated everything except my storage devices and audio. It does give me a pretty in depth look at my computer, except for Audio and Storage Devices.

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Time To Change Your Dropbox Password 3 years 1 week ago wildweaselkeeper

Personally, I got rid of "Dropbox" a long time ago, for the same reasons I ditched "facebook". But the main reason I came in here is to comment on "Rob's" contributions to what was once known as "Support Alert", now known as "Gizmo's Freeware" which is misleading because it is so much more than that.

I came in here to read "Rob's" article and after reading it the first thing I noticed is some nit wit's "one rating" of the article. I mean com'on; his articles at least rate a "three" for the time and effort he puts into them, and in many cases the research that goes into them before he writes them. Have I seen anyone else contributing? NO! But, time after time I come in here to see someone giving his articles the thumbs down.

I've found most of his articles informative, even if I'm not really interested in the program or topic he's writing about. I believe his effort deserves at least a three to start with. As for this article I believe we all need to be reminded from time to time about our passwords. And "Passwords" are something that do concern a large cross section of all the people who read these articles. While other articles may not be something that interests everyone that's no reason for a low rating. I think many of us lose track of what the rating system is for, not only here,. but across the NET.

If I wasn't a caretaker of handicapped/disabled, which consumes large chunks of my time, honestly just about all of my time, I'd be in here writing about different subjects of my limited knowledge so someone could give me a "one" rating. I'm sure my comment will get low ratings. Oh well. . . . . .

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Gizmo's Exclusive: Get This $29.95 Sync Tool Free If You're Quick! 2 years 12 months ago wildweaselkeeper

I can see how this could and can be useful to some, maybe many, but that's not my beef with it. My problem with this software is how it cements itself into the start menu without any way to get it out. This is not something I expect from a Software Vendor like Paragon. Uninstalled.

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This Digital Binder Is A Real Challenger For Microsoft OneNote 2 years 10 months ago wildweaselkeeper

you forgot to mention system requirements; it would have been nice to know that XP is not supported.

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This Digital Binder Is A Real Challenger For Microsoft OneNote 2 years 10 months ago wildweaselkeeper

Com'On Dude, because listing system requirements is SOP and that not only includes Windows OS, but also MAC & LINUX. This site used to mention system requirements not only in their "Best Freeware" lists, but with every article. I visit "Giveaway of the Day" almost every day; they list system requirements for every giveaway they offer. I use Softpedia almost exclusively for downloads and update/upgrade notifications; they list system requirements for every program on their servers. System Requirements is SOP.
As for XP; the last time I checked nearly fifty percent (50%) of Windows OS users where still using XP. Why? Because XP is hands down the best all around OS Microsoft ever developed. Why haven't I upgraded? Because I'm Financially Handicapped and I not only need a new OS, but a new computer which I have not been able to afford up to this point. And when I can afford it (put enough money aside to pay cash for it) I will upgrade to "Windows 7", but will also keep XP; you can keep Windows 8 & 10. If I want a mobile OS I'll get a Smart Phone or Tablet. You guessed it; I do not own a mobile device. As such I want an OS for my computer, not a mobile OS that I can use on my computer. Nuff said. My Considered Opinion.

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 years 8 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 End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 2 years 8 months ago wildweaselkeeper

"Gizmo's Freeware" has been active for more than a decade; add to that all the years of "Support Alert" and that is certainly a lot of change, not all for the good I might add. But through it all you've been there to help us through it; thank you so much for being there to help us through it and so a Thank You from you? No Gizmo, Thank You!

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Free Commercial-Grade Antivirus For Your New PC 2 years 8 months ago wildweaselkeeper

Rob, I read a review some time ago, from someone, that suggested you provide system requirements. I have to echo that suggestion; many of us, for whatever reason, still use XP and unfortunately more and more software companies, just like Microsoft, are no longer supporting XP. That would be nice to know information, upfront, before we jump through all the hoops just to find out we can't use it.

System Requirements would be nice, especially if XP or any other OS is not supported.

Thank You!

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Tidy Your Desktop With A Tabbed Launcher 2 years 7 months ago wildweaselkeeper

I could have replied to many of the comments I read. I didn't run this through Virus Total or any of my Malware or Virus Scanners; there was just something very suspicious about that .msi installer. No Thank You!

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Find Out Your Current Screen Resolution With One Click 2 years 6 months ago wildweaselkeeper

I can see the usefulness of "https://www.whatismyip.com", both for those, as you stated, that use a VPN and because many ISP's change their customers IP, from time to time, to protect their anonymity, but "http://www.whatismyscreenresolution.com" not so much because most experienced computer users, which I assume is the large percentage of your user base, already know their native screen resolution. I can see it for new computer users and most wallpaper sites automatically inform the user, up front, what size wallpaper they need.

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It Looks Like You're Trying To Draw A Ladder. Would You Like Help With That? 2 years 4 months ago wildweaselkeeper

It's a good site if you know how to draw. I learned that I'm no better at drawing on a computer than I am on paper with pencil or pen. In fact, on the computer, I'm worse. And I saw no Clippy and the suggestions I got were nowhere near what I was trying to draw; not a ladder.

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It Looks Like You're Trying To Draw A Ladder. Would You Like Help With That? 2 years 4 months ago wildweaselkeeper

Thanks, Rob; it wasn't until after I made the post and reread your article a third time, to see if I missed something, which I kinda did, that I realized what the bar at the top of the page was for. As I stated I received no suggestion that closely resembled what I was trying to draw, but that could possibly be because I'm a terrible artist. Not an artistic bone in my body; some creative bones, but no artistic.

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Running Windows XP, Vista, 8.0? Read this NOW. 2 years 4 months ago wildweaselkeeper

Most Useful and Appreciated, at least for me; Thank You!

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Running Windows XP, Vista, 8.0? Read this NOW. 2 years 4 months ago wildweaselkeeper

I don't know, but if you have active security software running, perhaps you security software is blocking it. If you have automatic update enabled then you're already protected; if not then go to the updates page for Windows 10 and have the updates installed, but make sure your security software will let it pass through - it should automatically, but if not you will have to adjust your settings.

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Errors When Windows Starts Up? Autoruns Will Tell You Why. 2 years 4 months ago wildweaselkeeper

I agree; a must have in your arsenal of what I consider security software.

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A Really Useful Remote Support Tool 2 years 2 months ago wildweaselkeeper

I'm always going to give you a five just for the time you spent researching and writing the article, but I sometimes wonder where you find these, so called jewels/gems? I put no Trust in "Web of Trust" and I could find very little information about this offering. And the little I did find gave me no confidence in it. I do trust "VirusTotal", for that most part, but I'm not going to download and install a program just based on that.

Thanks for the heads up; I'll stick with "Team Viewer".

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VirtualDub 2 years 10 months ago wildweaselkeeper

The only problem I see with "DaVinci Resolve" is that it's not compatible with "XP" or "7"; only "8" and "10". I currently use "XP" and plan on upgrading to "7" at the earliest opportunity. I am not a fan of "8" or "10" and so I will have to default to "VirtualDub" and use "Davinci Resolve" on my wife's Windows 10 machine. She had "7", but let it upgrade to "10" against my advice.

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Best Free File Copy Utility 3 years 9 months ago will2

Like with another post 2 years back, I think you should state if each utility Verifies the destination matches the source bit-by-bit 100% ! The only reason I look for a Copy Utility, is I am not happy with the Copy cmd in Windows, as it does not report copy errors when copying bulk data/drives. Therefore a primary feature I seek is Verification. BTW, when I perused your link for Ultracopier I could not even find a reference to Verification, so I guess it may not do that all-important function. Your review would benefit from including a at-a-glance table of vital Copy features for each Utility.

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 9 months ago willbelr

Hi there, I am the developper of qtPad. Please report any error on github! If it is really a bug I will fix it, else I will help you to find the problem. Thanks!

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 3 years 11 months ago william1967

Thank you for the article. There aren't that many articles explaining how to customize a Linux Mint Cinnamon Desktop, this is very helpful in that respect. Can you explain how to install and change new window borders, icons and controls for a customized look of the desktop?

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Best Free Memory Optimizer 5 years 7 months ago William2

CLEANMEM also increases overall system performance.

Read this:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/windows-7-memory-usage-whats-the-best-way...

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Best Free Technical Support Sites 1 year 1 month ago williamearls

Great post on tech support! Will happily apply these tips. Keep posting them as they help us a lot! http://att-customer-service.000webhostapp.com/

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Download 'Troubleshooting and Maintaining Your PC All-in-One For Dummies' Ebook Free For A Limited Time 1 year 2 months ago WilliamKDavis

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Easily Create a Designer Quality Website for Free 5 years 10 months ago WilliamsBrown

I want to make sure that it is very important to see whether or not his is something that is going to improve in many way.

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Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick 4 years 10 months ago willrun4fun

Giveaway Version doesn't support update.

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How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 4 years 5 months ago willrun4fun

You can also do this through disk cleanup in the GUI now easily.

Just open "disk cleanup" by typing it in the search bar.
click to clean-up system files, cleanup will relaunch in admin mode
check "Windows Update Cleanup" and whatever options you want.

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Best-Known Network Diagnostic Tool Gets Major Version Update 3 years 9 months ago willrun4fun

Great tool. I use this all the time. OS X version most of the time.

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Superb Simple Editor With Handy Macro Feature 3 years 8 months ago willrun4fun

Notepad++ also does this. Many plugins available as well. Here's an example I found http://www.cathrinewilhelmsen.net/2013/10/27/notepad-macros-a-basic-example/

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Fancy A New Windows Start Menu For Free? 3 years 6 months ago willrun4fun

Classic Shell FTW!

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The Free Text Editor That's Still Ahead Of The Others 3 years 5 months ago willrun4fun

The only editor I use as well. Solarized theme is the best.

Many great plugins.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Lightning Over The Grand Canyon 3 years 5 months ago willrun4fun

A little dark but nice!

Here is one I ran for a while this week. http://imgur.com/LCoNMa4

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Listen To Music Online For Free At These 20 Websites 3 years 5 months ago willrun4fun

Songza has been gone for quite a while now. They were rolled into google music.

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Zorin OS 11 Is Here 3 years 5 months ago willrun4fun

I would recommend waiting if you do want to install this. 11 is based on Ubuntu 15 which is not an LTS release. When Ubuntu 16LTS drops here soon Zorin should follow.

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What's Connected To Your USB Ports? 2 years 10 months ago willrun4fun

This is very handy to have when you have unapproved USB devices turned on in group policy. I use it to get the ID of the device to add it to the allow list.

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Download A Youtube Video As An Audio MP3 File 2 years 9 months ago willrun4fun

YouTube-dl is the only way to go. Runs on everything and reliable.
https://rg3.github.io/youtube-dl/

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 years 8 months ago willrun4fun

Same. Simple and it's already there.

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The Simplest, Easiest PC Linux Ever 2 years 8 months ago willrun4fun

There are so many distributions that are way better than this one. I don't know why anyone would bother unless they were teaching kids to use a Pi and were short on them.

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Just How Much Personal Data Could Facebook Gather About You? 2 years 6 months ago willrun4fun

I deleted my FB account back in October of last year. I have not missed it at all. I also have set Privacy Badger to block all facebook based trackers.

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Download A Youtube Video As An Audio MP3 File 2 years 6 months ago willrun4fun

Just get youtube-dl on github. Done for all purposes. That tool is the swiss army knife of doing anything with a youtube download.

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A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 2 years 5 months ago willrun4fun

Been using Ditto for years http://ditto-cp.sourceforge.net/#Change History

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Make Charts, Diagrams, Flowcharts, Mindmaps And More Online. 2 years 4 months ago willrun4fun

How about draw.io

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 2 years 3 months ago willrun4fun

make a shortcut to:
ms-settings:windowsupdate

Takes you right to it.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 5 years 2 months ago WillSee

I followed the link from drh2020 (http://www.axantum.com/axcrypt/freeware.html). The author is very clear about what he is doing and why, he's not trying to sneak anything past the user.

He also provides a clear explanation of how to install the program without the additional "features" (by explaining a command line install, or for those who don't know what that means he explains what to do to decline them)

There's even the option to download an "uncontaminated" version, but that does require a free registration -- with a working email address

I'd say on balance this is acceptable. He is open and clear on how gets some income to make a free program I want to use, and allows me to opt out if I wish.

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Finds of the Week: NASA Television, World Fact Book, 1,000 Lifehacks, Should I Block It? 5 years 2 months ago WillSee

Just tried 1,000 Lifehacks, found a tip: on Google click the "I'm feeling lucky" button with no entry in the search box to see every Google logo. Tried it, the "I'm feeling ..." changes each time you mouse over it. As another commenter said you need to find "doodly" to see the logos.

Appears the hacks aren't well thought out/complete as well as potentially dangerous.

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How to Get Rid of the Ads on the Firefox New Tab Page 4 years 10 months ago WillSee

Unlike some of us neither I nor Mozilla have a rich uncle paying us to stay away from the rest of the family! :0

Unobtrusive ads aren't that irritating. I had to open a new tab to find one -- and most of them were for Mozilla.

Since they are up front AND tell you how to turn the ads off I don't object to them. Now if they start with popups encouraging me to hit the monkey....

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Best Free Office Suite 5 years 4 months ago willtell

I can't believe u could put SSuite Office on a par with softmaker FreeOffice. Whilst ssuite is kinda retro and likeable, get real. Load a multi tabbed excel spreadsheet, graphics and all, into softmaker no problem. ssuite can barely support old excel IV single sheet spreads. Not to mention almost non existent file type support xls rtf txt and that's u'r lot. Crazy!

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Best Free PC Cleaner 3 years 6 months ago wiltshire.expat

Having used CCleaner since 2001 I found it to be very safe, however after installing and then uninstalling Autodesk AutoCAD I decided to do a manual search of the registry and found several mentions of AutoDesk. I found a free program that i have been using for a few years called Auslogics Registry Cleaner and noted a feature that i had never used before where i could enter the program name (or publisher name) and it shows all the keys that contain the search criteria. Autodesk left 13,965 traces, and, by using this function was able to remove the lot very quickly with a couple of clicks

CCleaner is good but it still leaves tons of crap and trash in the registry that you do not need or require especially when I had over 1.6m registry keys that get read before the machine is ready for use.

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Best Free PC Cleaner 3 years 6 months ago wiltshire.expat

The only ads that I have got from Auslogics is the Get it Free on Start up. I run a PC as a home server as well as my own PC, two laptops and several android devices and there has been no crapware, malware or such garbage reported by Avira Pro or Malwarebytes (also checked the installation file with Virus Total) which has not identified any such things as being malicious' It has never attempted to change my system settings.over the years so i don't know where you got that from.

Please list the "Garbage" that users do not require or need. If you are one of those people who just want to click through the installation without reading the installation at each step then you deserve all you get

I certainlydo not want a registry of some 2m plus entries

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Best Free PC Cleaner 3 years 6 months ago wiltshire.expat

Hi Remah

Thanks for a balanced reply because i find that people have their favorites and rule out all others without giving it a chance, I know as I used to be one of them. People also comment on things that they have never used (and this is not a dig at any comments on here), this goes for all sites that I use for downloading and searching for better options this is one reason most of my software comes from Sourceforge.

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Best Free PC Cleaner 3 years 5 months ago wiltshire.expat

Could not agree more. In my early days i would have been doing all three until i realised the cost in both money and lss of time on pc. Since then i have only downloaded from sites such as source forge and always run a scan on the download and have always used a top professional Security suite (currently Avira)

I use Auslogics for the simple reason of finding the crap which trial programs leave (eg the 13k plus ofAutodesk) and cleaning with a couple of clicks

As for the people that say you should not use a Registry cleaner I have two theories .

1.. They are terrified of messing up, which I completely understand
2 ... They are scared f finding all the crap they have downloaded

Me, I will stick with what I have

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How to Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc 5 years 7 months ago windowshelpplease

I have created the repair disc, though upon start it loads a bunch of things then says disk checking will start in 10 seconds and loads windows...
How do I make the repair disc do anything when i restart the computer?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 4 months ago windyctyprog

I have decided to change AV software and leave MSE behind.

I've had on-going Windows Genuine Advantage issues when MSE tries to update - every morning this week when I cranked up, I got the warning that I have to reinstall the WGA plug-in for Firefox or MSE won't work.

Regardless of the issues, it's time to leave...

So, a question:

Is it better to go with a new stand-alone top rated AV, or maybe move to a Zone Alarm suite?

By way of a little background on my schema now:

MSE running in real-time

PrevX 3.0 running in real-time

On Demand: Malwarebytes, EmsiSoft Malaware, Hitman Pro 3.7

I have used PrevX since their introduction and like it, so I would like to keep it going and obviously need something compatible.

Thanks, in advance, for your thoughts and input...

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Best Free Antivirus Software 5 years 10 months ago windyctyprog

AJ,

I just went through a miserable week with Ad-Aware...

I downloaded V10.5 a week ago Friday, installation went well, light on resources, didn't seem to slow down any application.

On Monday, V11 was released and things went down hill from there.

It was a mess.

On Wednesday they released another version, not an update, but another version.

I had all kinds of issues, I had to start monitoring manually, the tray, a separate .exe file, would never initialize, nothing would work.

I went to the forum, they had me delete services and other components they said were from Version 9 (how could this be, because I never installed anything from Lavasoft before V10.5).

This was supposed to be the root cause of the problems.

After I deleted what they said was a "service" from V9, nothing ever worked again - I couldn't get it to even manually start.

I also don't like the idea of having their browser protection software included, frankly I never understood if it was initialized or not. I know the toolbar was not installed, but as for the software running, I don't know.

It was listed as a separately installed program in both Windows Ad/Remove and in Geek's removal program, and even after I uninstalled Ad-Aware, I had to remove the Browser Protection separately.

I am not going to reinstall it.

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Best Free Disk De-fragmenter 6 years 4 weeks ago windyctyprog

I have a question about Defraggler...

I have been using Auslogics Disk Defrag for a number of years, but recently uninstalled it because the length of time to run "defrag and optimize" is now over 1.5 hours, when it could be accomplished in 20 minutes or less for years.

So, I tried Defraggler.

I must be incredibly stupid because I simply can't understand why Defraggler keeps telling me that it is going to take ">1 Day" to defrag.

Even quick defrag tell me that it's going to be 5 hours.

What am I doing wrong?

This morning after running the analysis again, there were 319 fragmented files, 603 MB, out of a 250 gig HD, with 65% free space.

I have yet to complete a defrag because this is completely illogical, it simply makes no intuitive sense, when I keep reading in various forums, including the Gizmo's forum, that it is so quick.

Can anyone please explain this before I uninstall this program?

I have been using 3rd. party defrags for a few years, but I am very flummoxed by recent behavior - I can't understand why all of a sudden these programs are now taking so long to get the job done.

Nothing, and I mean nothing has changed on my system from one update to another, no new software, not in a long time.

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Best Free Disk De-fragmenter 6 years 4 weeks ago windyctyprog

Are you recommending that I schedule Check Disk?

If so, I just ran it after I uninstalled Auslogics and installed Defraggler.

What is a corrupted mft?

What is mitch permission?

I'm sorry, but I simply don't understand the jargon.

It is not logical that, eventhough Auslogics' optimize and defrag times have increased, that Defraggler takes greater than a day to defrag.

If that's normal, than I'll look elsewhere.

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Best Free Disk De-fragmenter 6 years 4 weeks ago windyctyprog

OK - will let you know what I find.

Thanks.

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Best Free Disk De-fragmenter 6 years 4 weeks ago windyctyprog

Thanks for the help...

Chkdsk ran all night, didn't find anything.

Everything is OK, which I knew it would be.

I had just run chkdsk a week or so ago when I uninstalled Auslogics - there was nothing then, nothing now.

Not sure where to next...I am still baffled why Defraggler was taking so long in either mode, quick or full on defrag.

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How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns 6 years 2 months ago windyctyprog

My experience with Traffic Light and FF21 (also 19 and 20) has been problematic, on balance.

Lately there have been too many instances of unresponsive scripts, the latest, which drove me crazy over the past 24 hours, is:
Script: chrome://trafficlight/content/utils.js:117. I had to disable TL to get FF to run - just froze it completely.

Also, as of late, Traffic Light seems to warn me about specific sites that I know are safe, the NY Times just this morning - there was an article I clicked on from another safe site, The Atlantic, and it kept giving me the warning about an unsafe site.

I trust WOT, also installed in my FF, and it works well with my search engines Ixquick and Start Page.

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How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns 6 years 2 months ago windyctyprog

I did remove it after I wrote the original reply yesterday and my system is back to being very responsive - until the script issues came up big time this week, I didn't realize TL could slow my system down (or paralyze it) to that extreme, until you really think about the process TL goes through.

BTW, I found an additional layer from another Gizmo article this week after I removed TL - this is germane to your comment about another layer of protection.

I added Microsoft's EMET to my security mix, based on an Vic Laurie article here at Gizmo's - EMET gave me that additional layer. Since it is engineered for Windows, it runs very efficiently.

Takes a while to understand how it configures, but worth taking a look at the capability.

My hat off to all these folks at Gizmo's...

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How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns 6 years 2 months ago windyctyprog

Chiron,

1. A year or so ago I played around with Netcraft, an anti-phishing extension for Firefox. Not entirely sure why I removed it, but I suspect for performance issues.

2. I have the "Malware Domains" filter preferences list in AdBlock - it includes a number of phishing sites to be blocked, more added every month. The entire Malware Domains project is one I have been duly impressed with for a number of years.

3. I remember a Mozillazine posting specifically addressing an anti-phishing strategy around four (4) layered components: Secure Login or LastPass; Search Status, which displays Google page rank and Alexa page rank (along with a whole lot of other site information like WhoIs); WOT; and, FormFox, which displays the form action, the site to which the information you've entered is being sent.

I use LastPass and WOT, not sure about the other two(2) extensions.

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Want 100GB Of Free Cloud-Based Storage? 6 years 4 months ago windyctyprog

dv8Cowboy,

Can you explain something to me about the initial installation?

What is the No-Zoolz Zone folder that appeared on my desktop?

Frankly, this entire process has me more than confused and their documentation/help is disjointed.

Thanks...

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Want 100GB Of Free Cloud-Based Storage? 6 years 4 months ago windyctyprog

Yep, I noticed the same thing this morning when I booted up - it seems to eat up resources.

I have also uninstalled...

Thanks for the reply.

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How to Remove Ads, Wasted Page Space and Annoying Content 6 years 3 days ago windyctyprog

Faziri,

Great article.

I like the idea of getting rid of ABP; I have been using Fanboy's Ultimate list for a long time, including the Tracking, Enhanced Tracking and Annoyance lists, which I like.

I do have a question, though...

If you installed Bluehell, kept ABP, removed the main list and just dded the 3 discreet Fanboy lists, above (BTW, I also use the Malware Domains), would this speed up Firefox, maybe not to the extent that it would by removing ADP completely, but would this help performance to some degree while giving me more comfort?

I tried Bluehell (when it was Hellboy), without ABP about a year ago, but I didn't think it blocked things completely or cleanly.

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How to Remove Ads, Wasted Page Space and Annoying Content 6 years 3 days ago windyctyprog

Thanks for the answer...

The approach I was advocating, above, is to use Bluehell in lieu of the "Big Lists", keep ABP and add short lists selectively to ABP like the Fanboy lists mentioned.

I use WOT, I also use EHH, have for a long, also Pop Up Blocker for ABP - when I ran Bluehell last year, I did use EHH to do what you suggested.

I simply don't have the time anymore to develop a manual list.

I'm going to try my approach and see what happens.

Let you know...

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Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET has Been Updated 5 years 10 months ago windyctyprog

Vic,

I do have a question about updates.

I am a long time user of EMET and unless I have missed something all this time, is there an automatic update feature of EMET buried somewhere?

Thanks.

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Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET has Been Updated 5 years 10 months ago windyctyprog

One comment and one question...

I have been using EMET for a long time...

Downloaded and installed 4.1, and it just slowed my system to a crawl, never happened before.

I uninstalled and reinstalled twice this morning and nothing changed.

I have now uninstalled it.

Question: is there an alternative to EMET?

I run FF25 sandboxed (Sandboxie), MSE and Winpatrol in real time, run a number of on-demand scanners weekly; as I said, used to run EMET.

What might I try in lieu of EMET?

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Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET has Been Updated 5 years 10 months ago windyctyprog

Will do - thanks...

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CryptoLocker: Beware This Major Threat To Your PC 5 years 10 months ago windyctyprog

Rob, as always, thanks for keeping us current...

Is the Foolish IT program similar to MS's EMET?

Has anyone installed the Foolish software?

If so, does it degrade system performance?

What problems exist in setting it up?

Seems to me that the Foolish IT solution makes more sense that than adding another real time scanning solution which may or may not play nice with your existing A/V.

Thanks...

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CryptoLocker: Beware This Major Threat To Your PC 5 years 10 months ago windyctyprog

I'm now confused...

My reading of their site indicates just the opposite of your comments.

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How to Deal with the Ransomware Called CryptoLocker 5 years 3 months ago windyctyprog

In November 2013 there was an article and a long thread about this...

As a result, I have been using CryptoPrevent from FoolishIT; I believe Nick, the developer, participated in that thread.

I have been pretty satisfied with it, it works, set it and forget it.

Lately, though, the administration of CryptoPrevent has become burdensome, at least on my machine.

CryptoPrevent has a manual update for non-premium users, it was simple, just click on the update link and it would go; it won't do this anymore, at least for me.

I now have to uninstall and reinstall, with multiple reboots. It works fine this way, just a tedious process.

I also realized that it has blocked all other software upgrades in the past couple versions.

I only figured it out by process of elimination.

I couldn't install Firefox 30, new versions of Flash and Reader, nor the new versions of Sandboxie and Winpatrol, couldn't install anything.

I now have to turn off the protection, reboot, download the new version of say Firefox, reapply the Crypto protection and reboot.

Again, a tedious process.

There are a couple whitelist options, one for .exe files already in blocked locations, and an advanced whitelist function with a multitude of options.

The whitelisting in CryptoPrevent seems counterintuitive to me, so I haven't done any whitelisting.

I trust the software, I trust Nick - his software also prevents other malware from getting in, this is another major reason I like what he developed.

The inability to download and install new software is problematic, the upgrade for CryptoPrevent itself, not so much, I can live with it.

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This Collaboration Tool Was $19 Per Month. Now It's Free. 5 years 3 weeks ago windyctyprog

Rob,

I have an account, but where is this information on their site?

I can't find anything related to your article...

Thanks.

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This Collaboration Tool Was $19 Per Month. Now It's Free. 5 years 3 weeks ago windyctyprog

THX...

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The Faster Way To Copy Files 3 years 9 months ago windyctyprog

Use Fastcopy, as well.

Just set up 2 new laptops and a new desktop, centralized all my files on a 2 bay network storage device, Fastcopy worked flawlessly, it was quick and never lost a single file.

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This Second-Opinion Malware Scanner Is Free Now 3 years 6 months ago windyctyprog

I use both Hitman and MBAM as second opinion scanners, Panda as my primary, eventhough I have Firefox sandboxed with SBIE.

You never know...

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Stop Gmail From Adding The Important Label To Your Email 1 year 6 months ago windyctyprog

Rhiannon,

This happened to me recently, they just marked everything important, I mean everything.

I had no idea I had that many emails in the "important" folder because all of a sudden my usage went up exponentially, that's when I discovered this setting, I deleted all of them in that folder, but it erased most of my inbox, as well. I don't keep that many as I file them immediately, but some out of the 25 or so were important.

My question: Is this a permanent setting?

I ask because I thought I had done this when I first discovered this, maybe I didn't check the "no marker" setting, I can't remember.

I use Thunderbird because after all these years I still hate dealing with the Gmail web interface.

Thank You.

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Stop Gmail From Adding The Important Label To Your Email 1 year 6 months ago windyctyprog

Same, since invitation only.

I get maybe 400 work emails/day, and like you, doesn't align with my work process.

I think I have it under control now, been turned off in all my addresses.

Thanks.

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Stop Gmail From Adding The Important Label To Your Email 1 year 6 months ago windyctyprog

We'll see - same thing with Google Calendar, I don't use it, don't like it, it's intrusive to me.

They continue to populate my calendar for various of my addresses randomly, I can't figure out how to make this go away.

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Stop Gmail From Adding The Important Label To Your Email 1 year 6 months ago windyctyprog

Thanks.

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 1 year 5 months ago windyctyprog

Rhiannon,

General ISP question as it relates to this...

Comcast is my ISP, use their modem, an Xfinity branded Arris for internet, voice, cable, wi-fi.

Would any such move to another DNS provider be blocked by Comcast in some way?

Is it better to buy an approved Comcast modem in advance of such a move?

Thanks.

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 1 year 5 months ago windyctyprog

Thank you very much...Going to try this.

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Do You Want to Continue Receiving Information from Gizmo's Freeware? 1 year 3 months ago windyctyprog

Absolutely continue, you are indispensable.

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This stunning interactive weather map shows real time weather conditions around the world 12 months 15 hours ago windyctyprog

Rhiannon,

This is outstanding. As a frequent business traveler to any number of places around the world, this is really an incredible tool for me.

Thank you.

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Changing from Windows XP? Free Help with Migrating Files and Settings 5 years 6 months ago Winedad

Would this migrating tool be any good if one was simply upgrading an existing computer from XP to Win 7 Professional (clean install) ??
What would be the alternative ?

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Changing from Windows XP? Free Help with Migrating Files and Settings 5 years 6 months ago Winedad

Turns out that Windows Easy Transfer is still the best way to copy over everything on a new "clean install" from XP to Win 7

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If You're Using Windows XP You Need To Read This 5 years 6 months ago Winedad

I too have, for the past year, trying to wean myself off XP - both personal and business. Installation issues of old (really old!) favorite programs
(late '90's !) had a great breakthrough for me yesterday.
In those days, the only real internet connection program for software developers was Internet Explorer. The key point is that it is embedded in the original windows platform - not deletable - so all of the "updates" etc are "on top" of the original Windows (and Dos) programming.
IE 9, IE 10, and especially IE 11 upgrades have "disabled" many of the earlier IE's abilities to handle old programs when they "upgrade" -- and their "Compatibility Centre" does not address the real issues - like being able to utilize the early 16 bit installers
Solution ? Revert back to (at least) IE 8, by going to Uninstall Programs in Control Panel -- extreme top left is "view installed updates"
Open and uninstall the IE 11 "update" (or lower). Reboot and the complete lower IE is available. Repeat - until you show IE 8 as operational. Now load your "stuff" and after installation, you can upgrade back up to IE 11

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Get Tips On How To Improve Your Writing 5 years 4 months ago Withindale

Good for PR stuff. Dumbing down text from > 10 to < 5 does wonders for readability.

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How to Rip to, Play and Split One-Album FLAC Files? 5 years 9 months ago witoman

This may have already been asked and answered, but here is the situation. On YouTube, there are many music albums recorded as a single file. You download this large file as an MP4 and then use a converter program to strip the audio from the MP4 into a single FLAC or MP3 file. As there is no CUE file available, one has to then tediously load the one big audio file into an audio processor program and by hand, split the album into individual FLAC or MPs music files.

Is there a free program that can just read the one large audio file, recognize the album, and then automatically chop it up into the individual songs (and even better, generate the song names)?

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Best Free Media Center Software 5 years 7 months ago Wity

Can you please tell me which software I can use to stream from my pc to devices around the home and away from it that does not need a dedicated pc and most importantly streams subtitles? (subs being essential for my deaf son.)

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Amazing Site Gets You Up To Speed On Any Subject 6 years 6 months ago Wizard of Odd

Robert Heinlein's Stranger In A Strange Land

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Best Free Calendar, Reminder and To-Do Program 5 years 3 weeks ago WI_Debi

I checked out this review of reminder programs because I was looking for an alternative to Google Calendar. I had been using FireFox Reminder & loved it. Then I started having problems with FireFox on my old computer & deleted it, when meant I also lost Reminder. I switched back to Internet Explorer on Windows 7, which is what I use at work, and started using Google Calendar. When I got my new computer, I continued with Internet Explorer & Google Calendar rather than go back to FireFox. Recently, Google Calendar has become unaccessable to me (even tho I can still access my g-mail acct). It tells me I'm using an unsupported browser (Internet Explorer!) and I MUST switch to Chrome in order to be able to access my Google calendar. For that reason, I highly recommend Google Calendar be avoided. I have heard nothing but bad things about Chrome, but even if that weren't the case, I do not like being virtually blackmailed into switching to a program I have no interest in just to be able to use my Google calendar. BTW, my cell phone provider is Verizon which is highly integrated with Google and another reason I wanted to continue to use Google calendar. I am now using the Outlook Calendar which I have set to email me reminders. I was looking for something similar to FireFox Reminder to use in conjunction with Internet Explorer. I loved FireFox Reminder, but don't want to switch back to FireFox at this time.

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