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Thank You for Donating 3 years 12 months ago Yankiwi

Gizmo's has saved me countless hours in researching software online and countless dollars which would have been spent in buying and trying second-rate software, only to end up disappointed. Many thanks to Gizmo and to all the many volunteers who make TechSupportAlert possible. You all are superb!

P.S.- If you ever need financial help again to be able to keep Gizmo's free and independent, please ask. Gizmo's is the best bargain on the web!

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 11 months 1 week ago yardern

What about DirSyncPro? It seems great.

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The Best iPad Tips and Tricks [iOS 4 to 6] 6 years 5 months ago Yarnie1966

To delete photos on an iPad tap edit on the top right hand corner in your photo library then tap the pix you want to delete and it will put a tick on the ones you select then press delete on the top right hand side

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Best Free DVD Ripper 5 years 1 month ago yatz

My expeience with WinX DVD Ripper was a failure. I only got to test non-encrypted disks, and it had no problem doing the job - the files were produced and I viewed them - but the program just hanged at "99% completed", and there was no way of shutting it down. Had to reboot. This problem consisted the several times I tried it. Uninstalled it - and then the uninstaller (having completed uninstallation) just hanged... At least I managed to shut it down without having to reboot.
I'm going back to the the HandBrake & DVDFab Passkey combo that has served me very well on my previous system (all Win 7 64-bit).

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Create Your Own Music Mash-Up From MP3 Files 6 years 8 months ago yaya

how can i make mashup music?

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Inkjet Printer Cartridges: Review of Carrot Ink 6 years 6 months ago ychen33

I bought an Xerox Laser toner and it leaks. As a result, the printer is permanently damaged. I have bought other compatible toners elsewhere, and this is the first one that leaks and causes hundreds dollars of damage. I contacted them. They said sorry. But don't expect anything from them. I think they should be removed from ISO certification and wish they go out of business soon.

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Best Free PDF Writer Software 4 years 7 months ago yemulss

I came across a requirement where-in my client wants to send print command to physical printer and they want a pdf file as well created. So instead of issuing print command twice, they want it done in single print command to send print command to two printers.

I am a developer but the software being used for this printing is developed by some other company and they are not responding this requirement. If it was through coding, I would have sent print command to two printers when print is clicked.

I just wanted to know if there is any facility or utility be used to create pdf as well as send print command to printer in a single print command. There is one its commercial. I am searching freeware or opensource.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 6 years 3 months ago YeOldOne

I have used Reflect Free for at least 4 years, lamented the loss of the verify upon creation. The latest version includes WinPE along with the Linux restore boot disk. However, the WinPE at first went to a large download but fails to complete the creation, both 3 and 4 versions. The Linux version creates OK, boots OK, runs OK until I select an image to restore. Then the screen goes blank except for “acpiphp_ibm_init: acpi_walk_namespace failed” and hangs. Several tries were made, including a Microsoft uninstall then download and install a fresh version. Note that the Macrium folder with a few sub-folders and files do not get removed and do not remove manually. Win7 x64 SP1 Device Manager is totally clean, in my home-built computer. However, to format any CD, the quick format now is grayed out, tbd as to why, how to fix. But this should not have any effect on the Recovery process.

At this time, Free owners cannot register into any forum, so we can only see past forum posts which only have a tiny amount of free content. Future posts will only be from paid owners. So, no help for any issues, such as inability to use the boot disk, which is 19.4 MB. Since this site is so excellent, perhaps it can fill in if/until Macrium allows Free owners to communicate at their Forums? With the problem I am experiencing, and if others (who should check their boot disks up to the point just short of the actual restore) do too, Macrium should no longer be recommended at all, at least for the Free version. I used to buy paid image apps, until I came across this website. Sometimes, though, it 'pays' to get a paid version for the support. I have spent many hours so far with the Reflect problem; how much is your time worth?

We all should have redundant partition backup, ie image creation tools. I also use the highly rated Paragon Free. It is not as smooth or clear, but gets the job done. One advantage is its recovery disk does both image creation and restore. For my SSD OS plus apps drive, the latest Paragon is only slightly slower than Macrium, making images slightly larger. To create the drive image, 48 G, takes less than 3 minutes when using the Windows app, longer of course when using the boot disk.

Due to the Reflect problem, I just obtained Clonezilla, thanks to your great reviews. Using the boot disk, it is surprisingly fast, taking about 5 1/2 minutes but another 7 1/2 minutes to verify. Thankfully, when selecting this option ahead of time, it goes to verify unattended. So, take a coffee break for 15 minutes, and find the entire image plus verify operation completed, except for a few more steps to end the program. Note that there is a confusing sentence at the Clonezilla-live.php website: It states “Though the image size is limited by the boot media's storage capacity...” The boot disk allows the image to be created onto any drive partition, even external USB3 HDDs (at least for my rig) such as my 2 Gig WD HDD in a Vantec HX case, which has a great, quiet fan. Also note: You can only go down one level of a sub-folder (second below root, ie D:\folder1\folder2\imagefile), and only if there are no spaces in the folder names, and the folder structure has to exist, cannot be created when running the app, unlike all the others I have used. So, plan ahead.

Image software has come a long way, such as my still-working Drive Image 5.01 (2 floppies, circa 2002) for a still-running NT4 SP6B laptop, especially with numerous free versions, both commercial and open source types.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 6 years 3 months ago YeOldOne

Errata regarding my 15 July 2013 post about Clonezilla: It does indeed create a folder, after asking you to input your own name. It defaults to the current date-time-img, example being 2013-07-16-14-img. An undocumented feature is a warning screen comes up if you enter an already existing folder name, and asks if you want to overwrite it. The overwrite works fine. If no, it asks again for a name, defaulting again to the current date-time-img.

Paragon is clunky regarding folder naming, defaulting to an obscure and very long name, such as arc_100713031548958. I enter a shorter, dated folder name, whereupon the long folder name is created in my folder name, then the file(s) in it, with the same name, plus adding more onto the name, such as: _0001p.000, .001 etc if you split the image. At least for the Windows app.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 6 years 3 months ago YeOldOne

Update on Macrium Reflect free:
I found an older disk, a Linux disk from ver 5.0.4995 of about one year ago. It boots and fully runs fine!

Customer Support stated the Free and paid versions of the Rescue disk is the same, that it might be a problem with my system, clearly not the case.

It seems that one needs to verify that their Rescue disk fully works. Just stop, unless you have another image app to use if Macrium does not actually restore an image, before the Rescue disk actually goes to work. That point is easy to discern. If others have the same/similar problem I am experiencing, of course this product is not useable. If Macrium fixes this issue or I find a way to get it to work, this will be communicated here.

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Best Free Video Downloader [Stub] 10 months 5 hours ago yesogg12

Four weeks ago I needed a downloader quickly and based on this article decided to give ClipGrab a try. It worked (almost) flawlessly for four weeks. Just now upon starting it obviously installed an update. Besides ByteFence (BOOO!) which is easy enough to un-check is requested to stop my antimalware service.
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https://www.pokemonuraniumdownload.com
https://www.happybirthdaysmeme.com
https://iproductkeys.com
https://ifantasynamegenerator.com
https://www.fileshipposoftwares.com/

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Best Free DVD Ripper 5 years 7 months ago yetanother1

I tried uRex Free DVD Ripper and in my limited testing it works great! I had an instructional DVD and tried to rip it with WinX DVD Ripper. The result was unreadable by any of the media players I had (e.g., Windows Media Player, Media Player Classic).

uRex hasn't failed me yet. It appears to be just as easy to use as WinX DVD Ripper, only it works!

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Best Free DVD Ripper 5 years 7 months ago yetanother1

Anupam,
Thanks for the heads up. I've only had limited experience with uRex.

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NASA Image of the Day (Website of the Week) 4 years 12 months ago yewome

Interesting post. You might be familiar with this site, Nasa satallite tracking. Pick a satallite from list of 100's of them and watch the earth from the balcony seats.....hope you enjoy it, and thanks for the Image of the Day!

http://science.nasa.gov/iSat/iSAT-text-only/?failure=Webgl

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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 5 years 6 months ago ynsdavid

I have downloaded file X17-58997.iso (win7 Home Premium 64bit). Use Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool, then error message the downloaded file not vaild ISO file. Is there other method to burn into DVD? I want to create Windows 7 DVD Bootable disc, do I use the correct DVD tool?

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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 5 years 6 months ago ynsdavid

I have try to use ImgBurn this end up turn to blue screen, I think my ISO is corrupted.
May I know how to use download manager to control the download? I click on the link then it download direct cannot attached to download manager

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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 5 years 6 months ago ynsdavid

Thanks for advise. I try but it at the end turn to blue screen. May i know how you download your ISO by portableapps?

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Best Free System Information Utility 6 years 1 month ago yocalif

DO NOT INSTAL PC WIZARD, IT IS more than a tool bar it has CRAP WARE! You have been WARNED!

I am very careful about what free software I put on my PC, however I thought that with Gizmo/techsupportalerts, recommendation there was some kind of effort to preview and stay up to date with current versions of their recommendations. I am wrong!

The above says: "The installer is bundled with the "Ask Toolbar". Installation of the toolbar is optional."

1st that isn't the only thing it trys to in install, there is also something called PC Health, which there is NO OPTION to NOT ACCEPT. Next there is something called Severe Weather Alert. It trys to change your browser's home page, and who knows what else.

2nd in spite of click on not accepting the tool bar, not accepting home page change, and even clicked "decline" at last page of install process, which triggered the install to initiate. Immediately I get two trojan alerts
trojan.agent /en-BHO.Process C:\users\dad\appdata\local\..\ AIR924.3x3
trojan.agent /en-BHO.Process C:\users\dad\appdata\local\micr...\webplayers[1].exe
Next I get a avast web-gen virus alert, which went off the screen before I could jot it down.

I use Winpatrol which attempts to stop process & app attaching themselves to windows startup, it also detects/stops browser home page changes, which is now popping up every 5 minutes as this install keeps trying to change IE's home page.

Oh, there is no icon or program for PC Wizard either on the desktop or Windows Start or in Control Panel > Programs-uninstall. In other words I got all the crap and not the program because I clicked "decline".

Gizmo/techsupportalert should remove PC Wizard immediately from their recommended list. I have install at least two dozen utility type apps recommended here at Gizmo without this kind of problem or headache.

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Reduce The Size Of Image Files 6 years 3 months ago yogi22

If all you want to do is shrink jpg files for emailing, blogging, etc., then ShrinkPic is the way to go. It is a tiny (1.23) program that can run all the time, or as required. When running, it automatically reduces any jpg file that you attach to an email - no user input required! Very fast. Is smart, in that it does not shrink files that are already small. It leaves the original alone.

Scores 5/5 in 15 reviews on download.cnet.com
FREE
http://www.onthegosoft.com/shrink_pic.htm
kk

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Reduce The Size Of Image Files 6 years 3 months ago yogi22

It has worked on every one of the computers I have installed it on (xp, vista, W7<32&64>).

BTW my original post should have said, "1.23 Mb)
kk

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Still Probably The Best Free Photo Editor For Windows 3 years 10 months ago yogi22

Although it would be tedious to save all the help pages to your hard drive, here is an easy way to save individual pages. I have Foxit installed as my PDF reader, so here are instructions if you have this Adobe Reader replacement program installed.
With the desired help page open in your browser, open the Print Dialog.
Select "Foxit PDF Printer" from the list of installed printers.
Click "OK", then select a name and location for the resulting PDF file, and click "Save".
For Reader, CutePDF, or other PDF programs, Google their instructions for printing or saving a webpage to a PDF file.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 3 years 6 months ago yogi22

Re: eikelein' comments, I sympathize entirely! My way around the problem of the "blank stare" is to say,
"Tap on the Windows Key - bottom left between Ctrl & Alt"
"Tap on the T Key - now the E Key - now the A Key, etc., etc." (until TeamViewer or the desired program is completely typed)
"Left-Click on TeamViewer in the displayed results" (or the desired program)
Then starts the fun of getting their username and password

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An Update For One Of My Favourite Utilities Ever 2 years 10 months ago yogi22

I like the browser addon FireShot.

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How to Bypass Paywalls at Popular News Sites 4 months 2 weeks ago yogi22

In Firefox, if the "Reader View" icon appears in the address bar, clicking on it bypasses the paywall without the need to open another tab, then copy and paste the URL. Also, I have set up a macro to run CCleaner, which saves a lot of time clearing cookies to bypass those paywall sites where the Reader View icon does not appear.

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Download 16,000+ Sound Effects From The BBC 1 year 6 months ago yogiboar

Could do with a decent index, there's too much to explore easily.

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How to get rid of the volume pop-up display in Windows 8.1 and 10 1 year 3 weeks ago yogiboar

I've never seen this on Windows 10, is it supposed to be present on all versions?

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Thank You for Donating 5 years 9 months ago yogiboar

I hope these donations, small or large, allow you to continue this site we all love.

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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 5 years 11 months ago yonkers

I have a Gateway SX2803 computer and no problems until last night. When I went to turn the computer back on the screen comes up black with the words: Missing Operating System. What does this mean? I cannot locate the Windows 7 installation disc which I was told would be needed. I do not remember if it came with one or not. I am not into the tech end of computers, but am trying to get info on the problem I have. Thanks, for any help you can give me, yonkers.

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Best Free Download Manager 5 years 7 months ago YorkshireJumbo

I've been using FDM for a while, on Vista using FF & Chrome, and now on Windows7 64-bit with Chrome. I've noticed recently that it's been hogging a CPU, sitting in Task Manager at 25% (on a 4 CPU system) for hours on end. I've tried upgrading, and have had no response to a support request.

I've come here to look for a replacement, as FDM is no longer usable...

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 5 years 6 months ago YossiD

Just wondering why the reviewer considers "the interface has been almost the same since early versions" to be a negative point for IrfanView.

Personally I get very annoyed when interfaces change with new software versions; it just makes it harder to find the functions and features I need.

So I, for one, and delighted when new versions of IrfanView have improved functionality and features while retaining the look and feel I know.

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Best Free Calculator 10 months 1 week ago YossiD

can anyone recommend a Windows calculator that can be invoked by pressing NumLock?

For years I used the marvelous EldoS AnyCalc, which had that feature, but now I can't get it to run under Windows 10, so I'm looking for a replacement.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 5 years 5 months ago YossiD

Seems to be some confusion with the MixZing write-up. The review says 20MB footprint but the quick selection guide says ~40MB. also the version listed is 3.7.2 but current version is 4.3.1.

[Commercial reference removed as per site rules]

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Your Portal To The Best Free Online Tools 3 years 12 months ago YossiD

A good start, but lots is still missing from iTools (unless I just couldn't find it). Where are the websites for online:
* PDF creation
* Audio/video file format conversion
* Graphics files format conversion
* Drawing tools
* etc., etc. etc.

I'm guessing this is a work in progress, so I'll check back from time to time to see.

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A $30 Screen Capture And Image Editor Tool That's Free For Personal Use 1 year 7 months ago YossiD

I have been using PicPick for several years and it's marvelous. Very user friendly and convenient to use.

The only problem I've had is with scrolling capture, which I use often to save large sections of web pages as graphics. many times, the page begins to scroll and then stops. I've also noticed different behavior with different browsers. On the other hand, I've found that scrolling capture in ShareX (listed here recently as well) works a treat. So far it hasn't failed me on any web page or any browser. Unfortunately, I don't find ShareX nearly as convenient to use as PicPick. It doesn't have an editor and I find saving captured files to be non-intuitive and a bit of a nuisance.

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 11 months ago Yottie

Verified Novabench Score: 1922
Tested on Oct 27, 2017 at 15:52

CPU Vendor Intel Core i5-8400 running at 3.8GHz
GPU Vendor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
OS Logo Microsoft Windows 10 Pro

CPU Score
813

Show details

RAM Score - 16GB DDR4
281

RAM Speed: 29655 MB/s

Graphics Score
713

Direct3D 11: 96 FPS
OpenCL: 2626 FLOPS

Disk Score
115

Write Speed: 414 MB/s
Read Speed: 1051 MB/

I chose to rebuild my PC with a new Coffee Lake processor and chose the cheapest i5 version. Interestingly this seems to outscore most older i7 rigs in both this and Geekbench

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 5 years 8 months ago youngjoe

Two killer problems (for me):

1) I download a lot of text files. Chrome won't let me do that -- it converts them all to chrome's proprietary html format. I've seen a forum discussion of this. Many people have complained. Google doesn't give a damn. The other browsers offer downloaders a choice of formats.

2) Current Firefox doesn't permit use of current Shockwave Flash. I'm a musician and I can't use a browser that won't let me view videos.

I used Firefox happily for years, but this problem kills it for me.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 5 years 8 months ago youngjoe

Thanks for the correction, Anupam. And thanks for the information! Please, would you tell me how to go about allowing it manually. When I go to the page that FF sends me to to manage add-ons, I am informed that Flash player is banned because of unspecified malware problems, and no work-around suggestion is offered.

We all use our browsers with personal ideas of what functionality is required, and I know that many, many people are happy with Chrome. I'm not one of them. I've tried a few other browsers over the last few days, and I realize that for my purposes Foxfire is very much what I need to use, so I am grateful for suggestions of how to cure the flash problem.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 5 years 8 months ago youngjoe

Gotcha joe!

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The Ultimate Guide To Your PC's CPU And What It Can Do 4 years 8 months ago yrralrellim

"coreinfo' command must be within the correct directory. MOVE coreinfo.exe to the C:\drive. Change directory in window to the c:\ drive and it will run.

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The Ultimate Guide To Your PC's CPU And What It Can Do 4 years 8 months ago yrralrellim

What command, if any, can I use to "PRINT" the info to a text file please?

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The Ultimate Guide To Your PC's CPU And What It Can Do 4 years 8 months ago yrralrellim

You left out nothing here and for sure you know the correct terminology. Thanks much!!

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Fancy A New Windows Start Menu For Free? 3 years 7 months ago yrralrellim

I too agree. Classic Shell is DEFINITELY the way to go. Also no nags like Start Menu 8.

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Best Free "Second Opinion" Malware Scanner 4 months 4 days ago yrralrellim

Excellent review but you say to use weekly and to use only on demand -- what about a free REAL-TIME PROTECTION as opposed to just scanning on demand, IF the user remembers to do the scanning?

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ExpressVPN Review 3 years 9 months ago yugrek

was on astril till it shut down all of a sudden, so far so good with express

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Windows 7 Startup 5 years 2 months ago Yunga

Excellent!

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Print An Image As Tiles With Maximum Clarity 4 years 11 months ago Yuri P.

Here is much better option:

http://posterazor.sourceforge.net/

This small program not only cuts the image, it provides the option of margins and saves the result in the multipage PDF that can be printed in a single shot.

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 6 years 3 months ago yvonniewu

Hi Chiron,

Roboscan/AlYac Internet Security has a report form for users to report malware of false positives.
Check the link here from Roboscan's website: http://www.roboscan.com/support/virus_report.aspx

If you're currently using Rooscan or has Roboscan installed in your PC regardless lifetime free version or paid Pro version, there is a "report" function available on on the lower left the configuration.

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Site Suggestions and Feedback 4 years 10 months ago yyyy

Hello, Thanks for all the hard work. But,... I'd like something more.
I like pages like this one:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_computer-aided_design_editors
I can make my own religion based on the features listed. I'd love to see more tables of that type when reading from Gizmo's. Sometimes, features that look important to the editor might be pointless to me, or the opposite.
It also would be nice to be able to fill in that type of table collaboratively.
Regards,
Y

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Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software 6 years 6 months ago zacharia

awesome article. well written, great intent.

thank you.

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Want To Learn Hacking? Hacking For Dummies Book Is Free 2 years 8 months ago zachw

Just downloaded. It's more of a general overview book with very little specific hacking information. Searched for "sql injection" and there were two matches with no explanation of what it even is much less an example! Mentions in one sentence that you can encrypt your messages with PGP (which almost nobody uses these days). A very short paragraph on honeypot, but zero info on setting one up, just a reference to google hack honeypot. Indeed, the entire book seems to be mostly a reference for software tools. Just reconfirmed my low opinion of the whole "For Dummies" genre.

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Using Thunderbird For Email? There Are Add-Ins And They're Great. 2 years 1 month ago zachw

The extension warns you if you try to send to multiple recipients as a To or CC. Can prevent a disastrous mistake where a CC was used in error.

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Using Thunderbird For Email? There Are Add-Ins And They're Great. 2 years 1 month ago zachw

I use few extensions in Thunderbird, but my fav is QuickFolders: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/quickfolders-tabbed-folders/

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This PDF Converter Is Free Now 2 years 1 day ago zachw

ditto this ^ and ditto this v.

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Back Up Gmail to Your PC for Free 2 months 1 day ago zachw

Mailstore Home
https://www.mailstore.com/en/products/mailstore-home/

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Perform Unit Conversions and Calculations With This Simple, Free Calculator 2 weeks 2 days ago zachw

For folks that don't know, you can do conversions and calcs in the google search bar. You can also ask Alexa (or OK Google, or Siri I presume) to do conversions which is probably the fastest way to get an answer (though not good for calcs except for simple ones.)

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The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. 5 years 4 months ago ZacWalk

I am one of the developers of Diffractor. There is just two of us and we are only volunteers. We both have day jobs. This is a hard review to live up to but we will do our best.

Gizmo readers have been amazing and provided a lot of great feedback. If you find bugs or have suggestions please help us to make Diffractor better by reporting them at http://www.diffractor.com/help

It is expensive to run such a project and the sponsor payments are far from covering our costs. Custom indexed of folders are the only feature that is limited; 99.9% of our active users are using it for free. We have to reward supports somehow.

Diffractor is designed to take advantage of your graphics card. There are a lot of different hardware and drivers out there. We try to support as much as possible including all sorts of old Windows XP hardware. If you see problems please give us details.

There are a lot of great venerable image viewers out there. We have nothing against any of them...use what makes you happy :)

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 5 months 1 week ago zafarakram

Download UR browser in one click for free.
UR Browser: https://technicalsoftwareworld.000webhostapp.com/uc-browser-7-0-185-1002/

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Edit PDF Files Online, For Free. No Download Required. 3 years 9 months ago zain.ali

how we can upload a file for editing

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Best Free Email Software 5 years 9 months ago zdravko

Ok, is there anything that can handle all the correspondence with one person, incoming and outgoing, under the same folder?
I have Evolution. It has filters for incoming mail, but outgoing ignores it. Why?

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Best Free Notes Organizer 5 years 9 months ago zdravko100

QuickTextPaste is the best for me. It save my time.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 5 years 6 months ago zdub

I've tried most of these over the years. For a long term irfanview was IT. Then switched over to xnview. But for the last couple of years I've migrated to Zoner almost exclusively. And very frequently. It's a great photo/image manager. (I rarely use the editor in favor of more dedicated programs.)

However, I'm currently at version 14 Build 5 from 2012. The latest is version 16 something but I hesitate to update because of some horror stories regarding the latest version "hijacking" of image registry settings, and other intrusive behavior.

It's impossible to find version history on this product.

So what's the deal? Is there an advantage to v16? Is it as intrusive as some folks say? I hate being a guinea pig if I was so warned...

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 5 years 5 months ago zdub

Thank you for such a detailed response. It's sometimes hard to separate the horror stories of inexperienced users who blindly click Next during an install and suffer the consequences of crapware (especially, as you noted, when using cnet packages) versus truly intrusive behavior.

Based on your experience, I'll give the latest version a go!

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 years 6 months ago zdub

I also stuck with v14 after they made undesirable changes with v15. I used Irfanview and XnView for many years but stopped using them for Zoner. (FastStone is great but by now I forgot why I preferred Zoner.)

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 10 months ago zdub

Yeah, me three. Been using Avast for years on a number of computers and nothing extra has ever been installed by itself. The popups are slightly annoying but are occasional and no real biggie. The only thing you have to watch out for, besides the Chrome install option (and even that didn't show when I installed it yesterday via ninite.com) is that during upgrades it's easy to click install for the paid version.

While it's not usually THE top AV solution in the various AV comparisons, it is usually ranks near the top, and has a reasonable memory footprint.

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Best Free Program Uninstaller 6 years 5 months ago zdub

Revo Uninstaller free does not uninstall or even show 64-bit programs! And you really gave it 10 stars???

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 6 years 7 months ago zdub

Just updated Freemake to 4.0.0.1. I didn't see any OpenCandy stuff bundled with it. However, they have now disabled drag & drop from the initial screen and instead have replaced it with a big button to get you to install Gold Pack by either donating or changing your Home Page/Search options in your browser. After doing a conversion, you can drag & drop (as long as you don't close the converted files info, in which case the screen reverts back to the Gold Pack install button.)

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 6 years 7 months ago zdub

Quick followup. Looks like the main screen gets rotated a bit; sometimes it's a bit annoying, but I guess the authors have to monetize it somehow. Overall I'm quick happy with this options & the ease of use for this program. For a more sophisticated converter, folks should try MediaCoder. The number of conversion options can be daunting, but there is a large support community,

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6 Free Google Reader Alternatives 6 years 7 months ago zdub

I'm now a Feedly convert. Seamless migration from Reader, plus very flexible viewing options that can be set for individual feeds and folders. It has occasionally been unavailable (only displaying a blank page!) because of all of the additional users that they now have.

Folks should note that The Old Reader only receives feed updates about once/day, which is why I gave it a pass when checking out alternatives.

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This 4-In-1 File Explorer Makes Moving And Copying Files Simple 5 years 10 months ago zdub

I've been trying Explorer alternatives for years and have settled on Multicommander. Free. Powerful. Stable. Can run as portable. Very configurable. Has Norton Commander style keyboard commands if you want. Active users forum. Regularly updated. The list of features for this program is extensive and too numerous to list here.

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How to Check if Somebody is Spying on Your Supposedly Secure Internet Connection 5 years 10 months ago zdub

What do you mean that eBay is not secure? It doesn't use https for browsing, but it certainly uses a certificate for logging in (which is necessary to bid), changing account info, etc.

Also, what is an "offline version"? The whole idea of a certificate is to validate a real-time internet connection.

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Why Are Your Photos Upside Down? 5 years 5 months ago zdub

A top pick here, Zoner Photo Studio, also has the option to rotate images to match EXIF (Preferences, General) and makes it quite easy to rotate & save if need be.

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The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. 5 years 5 months ago zdub

I tried it and it does look pretty cool. However it must be classified as crippleware since certain important features are disabled unless you sponsor it for 10 bucks. Nothing against this in principle, but since I can't find any compelling reason why I should use it instead of (or in addition to) my current fav, Zoner. Fast? Yeah, but I haven't found speed to be an issue in ANY of the popular photo viewers; they are all pretty much instant. Metadata support & search? Zoner does it. Editor? Zoner is MUCH more capable. Audio & video support? I really don't care about this in a photo viewer, but again, Zoner does it.

So I'll pass.

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This Disk Activity Indicator Has An Incredible Additional Feature 5 years 3 months ago zdub

Yeah, 49 Mb is nothing these days. Thanks for the link!

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Deeper into the Windows Registry 5 years 3 months ago zdub

Sorry, but that's just bizarre. You mean you would have stuck with Windows if they instead used 1000s of ini files instead of the vastly superior hierarchical database that is the registry??

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My Favoured Youtube Downloader Of The Moment 5 years 2 months ago zdub

Also have never had a problem with Freemake Video Downloader (or indeed with any of their other offerings). Works great with lots of download options. You just need to take care during the install not to allow the "extras" to install also.

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CryptoLocker Encryption Cracked. How To Get Your Files Back. 5 years 2 months ago zdub

No, that's not the end of it. FireEye and others got lucky in that they were able to grab a copy of the cryptolocker database.

Look at CryptoLocker as V1 of a "product" that's only going to get better and better, both in the delivery techniques (which will likely continue to rely on social engineering) and in the encryption process. Decryption (without the DB) is all but impossible without quantum computing, and will become even more "impossibler" with longer keys.

There are enough people with inadequate controls and inadequate backups to keep these crime syndicates rolling in dough for a long time to come...

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CryptoLocker Encryption Cracked. How To Get Your Files Back. 5 years 2 months ago zdub

If your backup drive is sitting next to your computer it is sufficient if the primary computer HD crashes or has an unrecoverable virus. But it certainly ain't good enough for disasters such as fires. External backups are fine if combined with an offsite plan, but most people don't do this. That's one major advantage of cloud backup

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Wikipedia, But With A Modern Interface 5 years 2 months ago zdub

Thanks for this. The Contents implementation on WikiWand is FAR superior to that of Wikipedia.

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A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 5 years 1 month ago zdub

RJ TextEd has integrated FTP as well. I moved to this editor years ago when it surpassed PSPad in terms of features (tho' I don't know how it compares today.) Powerful, customizable, frequent updates for bug fixes (few, if any, these days) & enhancements, no bundling of unwanted junk.

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A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 5 years 1 month ago zdub

Sorry, my other comment was not added as a reply. But please let me know what you scanned that flagged RJ as problematic & I'll notify the author.

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Easy Way to Open Safe Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 5 years 1 day ago zdub

F8 F8 F8 F8, ah there we go, Windows boot options.

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A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux 4 years 9 months ago zdub

If you are a late night computer user and have trouble falling asleep, you should definitely give this a try.

Check out this study (which also mentions f.lux): http://www.brighamandwomens.org/about_bwh/publicaffairs/news/pressreleas...

(BTW, my kids use f.lux but I personally don't care for it.)

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Watch The World's Hackers, Live, On This Stunning Site 4 years 8 months ago zdub

Thanks a lot, Rob, now I am wasting time staring hypnotically at the screen.

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Free Browser Extension that Efficiently Blocks Ads Using Less Memory 4 years 8 months ago zdub

I don't have any speed or lag issues with Adblock on my desktop PC but am glad that you mentioned uBlock (the "µ" is really pretentious and inconvenient) since my 2 Gig Chromebook needed some serious memory trimming. It definitely helped (as did removing other extensions that weren't really necessary on the chromebook). If anyone else has a similar problem, don't forget to turn off Offline Google Drive, a real memory hog.

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Grab This $24 Music Software Package For Free 4 years 1 month ago zdub

Tried & failed with two different email addresses. Never got a download link. Clicking on the emailed link just says "Your request could not be processed! A license for FORTE Basic has already been registered to your email address."

And you try to get to the "community" forum to see if other folks had problems and the link takes you to an htaccess login!

They certainly don't have things together. Sent them an email & will see if they respond.

NEVERMIND. Apparently the first email is just worded improperly. It's not a download link but just an email confirmation. They'll send you another email which does have a real download link and a key.

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This Privacy-Oriented Browser Blocks Ads Too 4 years 1 month ago zdub

Fail. They want to install to Appdata. Did they learn nothing from Cryptolocker??

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Get A New Version Of Google Chrome (Almost) Every Day 4 years 1 month ago zdub

If you actually DO open up 100 tabs (!) you'll have a hell of a time figuring out how much memory Chrome actually uses since each tab is a separate process. It does use more RAM than FF but releases it more quickly when closing a tab.

That being said, Firefox is no memory lightweight either and has long suffered from memory fragmentation. Here's an interesting site that has monitored FF memory usage over the years https://areweslimyet.com/

Remember, Free RAM is useless RAM!

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Get A New Version Of Google Chrome (Almost) Every Day 4 years 1 month ago zdub

To view Chrome memory usage: chrome://memory-redirect/
Shift-Escape in the browser shows details on extensions, tabs, etc.

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Get Another Instant Email Address 3 years 8 months ago zdub

It doesn't matter. That's the whole point.

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Get Another Instant Email Address 3 years 8 months ago zdub

Tell the difference between what? From the website: "Every incoming email is accepted and can be viewed by anyone who knows the recipient name."

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Snapshot Your Registry To Analyze Program Behaviour 3 years 7 months ago zdub

If you are trying to determine what an installation does, you also need to track file changes. Regshot now does this, though it's turned off by default.

Also, the sourceforge link in the main article is not valid.

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Free And Easy Online File Conversions 3 years 6 months ago zdub

At first I thought it naive that folks would upload a file with sensitive info to a free service, but then I realize I do this all the time with Google Docs. But still your warning is an important one...

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 3 years 6 months ago zdub

The problem occurs because some companies install executables in the user's AppData directory. Google update even does this. CryptoPrevent works by preventing execution of such programs (as well as preventing executables with double extensions) but you'll have to unset the group policy temporarily to install such programs and then whitelist them when re-enabling CryptoPrevent.

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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 3 years 6 months ago zdub

"It's simply that, the more you use your PC, the more it gets bogged down with old files and unnecessary registry entries. And it's these which are largely responsible for the slow-down, rather than the upgraded OS."

Please stop perpetuating the MYTH that "unnecessary registry entries" slow down one's PC. It is simply NOT TRUE and Mark Russinovich stated as such way back in XP days.

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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 3 years 6 months ago zdub

What does this even mean, "slowing down the registry rather than slowing down the PC" ? That's gobblydegook. Show me credible studies that show any significant improvement in PC performance because of removing "unnecessary registry entries". Don't just repeat the myth.

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How Much Exercise Is Enough? 3 years 3 months ago zdub

Been using this for a while and it's great, although it sometimes gets confused as to the exact activity you are doing. You can also input an activity after the fact in case it misses something. Even though I am mostly a computer guy., I do a lot of walking a work through a warehouse and am pleased to see how much exercise I get just from that. No reason not to have this app! (Though I have talked to at least one person who is paranoid at "Google being able to track them with such detail".)

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Get This Top-Rated Backup & Recovery Program Free Through November 3 years 1 month ago zdub

My backups consist of:

1) DISASTER RECOVERY: Free Macrium Reflect for periodic disk image backups to another disk.
2) BACKUP & RESTORE:: Now free Cobian for various daily backups to another disk. (Not being actively developed but still available and I haven't found anything else as full featured)
3) [Commercial reference removed]

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 5 years 2 months ago Zeaxan

Has anyone heard any good reviews for 360 Browser from the makers of 360safe antivirus? I know the antivirus is one of the best free available with great detection rates, but I'm curious about their web browser. Its suppose to be similar to IE only safer.

Link: http://www.360safe.com/browser.html

In case anyone wants to check it out. Thanks!

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ExpressVPN Review 4 years 2 months ago Zeaxan

I was wondering if you guys at techsupportalert or others who are interested would be willing to check out both "VPN unlimited" and "tigerVPN" and see what they think about them as for the terms noted above. These are the two that I have taken the time to try out, but I am curious what your finding will lead. Thanks :D

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Free Offer of a Normally Very Expensive Full-Featured Screen Reader for a PC 5 years 9 months ago Zebedeeboss

@ David Roper - ROFL

+1

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