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An End of Year Thank-you from Gizmo 8 months 3 weeks ago warra

Thanks Ian .......
I often wonder where we would be without Gizmo's Tech Support Alert.
It's my turn-to whenever I need an absolutely unbiased and honest review of free software.
Cheers from Bundanoon Australia.

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Free Program To Create Bootable USB Pen Drive 4 years 1 month ago wayoutwes

I downloaded Rufus but do not know what I am supposed to put into the 1st, 2nd & 4th text fields. I am running a Windows 7x64 system with a 500GB NTFS formatted main system hard disk. I also do not know what GPT is. Please help.

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How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour 5 years 1 month ago wbmorrow

I just registered because this is the only thread that I have found that actually addresses this problem. Simple searches return something entirely different.

That said, it is a good work around with no decent UI (I join the chorus of "I want my XP SP3"). However, I have encountered a new and confusing problem:

I have the color set at 196 196 196 and when I restart my computer, all the office programs use this accordingly. If the computer "locks" or goes to sleep, however, it returns to the bright white of 255 255 255. When I check the registry, it is still 196 196 196 and I have to restart to get the colors to turn back.

Does anyone have a thought on why this is happening?

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How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour 5 years 1 month ago wbmorrow

Thank you. That is extremely helpful.

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Download Thousands Of Free MP3 Tracks From Amazon 5 years 1 month ago wbriggs

In US, go to 'More Deals', 'Songs by Price', Free.

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2019 6 years 5 months ago wdhpr

Just got my first smartphone which runs on Android. I've installed many of your suggested apps and they all seem to be high quality. Thanks for your work on this list.

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How to Print from Your Android Tablet or Smartphone 6 years 1 month ago wdhpr

Works like a charm. Not sure if I will ever use it because document printing is normally used at my desktop.

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The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 4 years 4 months ago Webbtech52

I love the new site! Great Job!

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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 4 years 11 months ago Webdoc

This is all super great information. I learned a lot from this thread.

Would you guys please give me your opinion?

I am looking for a distro that:

1. Will run well on a P4 with 512MB of Ram
2. Is "Mom ready," meaning, your mom or grandma could sit down and just start doing her thing without getting lost.
3. Is a stable choice, meaning it will be around for a while and I won't have to babysit it very much.

Those three conditions are key, and should narrow down the choices quite a bit.

Bonus Points: It will fit on a CDROM.
Double Bonus Points: It will look pretty, for the office ladies.

I am engaged in a volunteer project where I need to update a bunch of old XP desktops and laptops for a local non-profit office. Some of the machines don't have a DVD drive, and can't be set in the BIOS to boot from USB.

I don't mind tweaking a setup a little bit. I always have to make changes to the way any Windows.

I am old enough to have experienced getting work done on a 286, so I just can't stand the idea of junking all these nice P4 computers (That I would have killed to own at one point in history)

Thanks!

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Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 2 years 7 months ago webguy

ImgBurn v2.5.8.0: Major Geeks editor says their version v2.5.8.0 has no Open Candy and I noted the file size is smaller than the ImgBurn v2.5.8.0 offered "from ImgBurn". The Softpedia one is the same smaller size as MajorGeeks. I did not run a checksum. I used to use imgBurn, but with the controversy, I decided to try BurnAware when I reloaded after upgrade to Windows 10.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 4 years 7 months ago webguy

First, thanks for your work on the reviews!

PING CAUTION: I was giving PING a first test by backing up a fresh Win 7 Pro install on a Dell Optiplex 330. I told PING to save both the System 100MB and C: (rest of 80GB drive) to a USB drive and to save NTFS details. It started, ran a few seconds, then shut down the PC. (Shutdown is the setting I used.) The PC THEN WOULD NOT BOOT. It said "Disk Read Error". I found it only wrote a few small files to the USB drive. I put the corrupt source drive in a USB adapter to look. I found it now has a 102MB raw partition, 74GB UNALLOCATED, and a 8GB raw healthy primary. I don't know if this was related to the hardware, the fact that I specified 2 partitions, that it was Win7, or something else. PING forums mentioned a few related items such as XP source corruption, that PING writes stuff to the source (maybe temp files?), and a mention of issues with certain Dell models. Does it really try to write to the source? Over the years, with other software, I have had a few bad images but never corrupted the source drive! (I am sure I selected the correct source and destination.)

Anyway, I think I should look for a safer free imaging solution for the non-profit I am supporting.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 4 years 7 months ago webguy

Thanks AndyR. Please see my answer to previous reply. (I was using bootable CD to run it :-)

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 4 years 4 months ago webguy

I have had Freemake v 3.2.1 for a while. I noticed the log entry you mentioned about the logo and some other comments so am trying to decide if I want to upgrade. As for the logo, if you have any other editing software, I assume it could be trimmed off the end.

BTW, Thanks to Arata for maintaining this section.

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Best Free Ways to Learn Programming 4 years 8 months ago webguy

I have not tried the site linked from this Wired article
http://www.wired.com/2014/09/exercism/
but it might be worth taking a look.

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 3 years 9 months ago webguy

QUESTION: The FAQ has this item "How to uninstall AVG Security Toolbar?". Does this Pro version install the toolbar or any other undesirables? I am waiting to find out before I install it.
BTW: I had no trouble getting the email with code and download link. Just had to wait about 5 minutes. THANKS!

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 3 years 9 months ago webguy

Thanks for checking!

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 3 years 9 months ago webguy

I agree and also normally only do such operations from a bootable CD. I assume the installer gives you a program to do operations on other than the system disk as well as an option to create a bootable CD? I was going to temporarily install it only long enough to create the CD. Is that linked .ISO download the exact same version CD as the one created by the installed app? If so, why install it?

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You Have 1 Week To Get This $50 Video Converter For Free 2 years 3 months ago webguy

They must have EXTENDED the DEADLINE.
The Digiarty page says valid until June 6 - https://www.winxdvd.com/giveaway/

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Learn an Unusual Fact Every Day at this Website 4 months 2 weeks ago webguy

I have been receiving the emails for years. I highly recommend subscribing. If you are too busy to read them all then just delete until you see one where you just can't resist looking. Each article also has related links at the bottom. You will be tempted to follow some on them as well. BTW, the author responded quickly when I had a suggestion/question about the site. rhiannon, I am you got the word out. They deserve the publicity and I think most GF readers will enjoy TIFO.

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PDF Shaper 1 year 5 months ago webguy

On PDF Shaper download page look for the sentence "Also you can download free version without optional offers". "free version" is a link.

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ImgBurn 2 years 7 months ago webguy

ImgBurn v2.5.8.0: Major Geeks editor says their version v2.5.8.0 has no Open Candy and I noted the file size is smaller than the ImgBurn v2.5.8.0 offered "from ImgBurn". The Softpedia one is the same smaller size as MajorGeeks. I did not run a checksum. I used to use imgBurn, but with the controversy, I decided to try BurnAware when I reloaded after upgrade to Windows 10.

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BurnAware Free 2 years 7 months ago webguy

VirusTotal showed it safe when I checked it 2/5/17 :-). Web Of Trust gave it Trustworthiness 91.

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BurnAware Free 2 years 7 months ago webguy

Be sure to uncheck extra items offered if you don't want them. It offered me Ad-Aware Web Companion and offered to change homepage to Yahoo.

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Do You Want to Continue Receiving Information from Gizmo's Freeware? 1 year 3 months ago Webguy52

Keep doing what you are doing. I look forward to your messages. I'm all in.
Jack

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 1 year 1 month ago Webindiacrown

how to get https encryotion for website ?
blogger in hindi

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How To Remove Google+ From Your Gmail Account 5 years 3 months ago wednesday-mac

I can confirm that you must have a Google+ account to:

1. Comment on a YouTube video.
2. Add a YouTube video to your favorites list.

Also...I was out of Google+ for awhile and then got back in. I still can't comment on a YouTube video, I think because I have Java turned off unless I approve it, instance by instance or by approving the site.

It would be a great idea to provide readers with a list of what functionality will stop working if we get out of Google+.

I have every setting for privacy and circles locked down because I do not and will never use Google+ as a social service.

As for ads, there are numerous add-ons (at least in Firefox) that make it possible for me to never see a Google ad in my email. Yay. At the moment I'm using AdBlocker for Gmail and AdBlockPlus. The latter slaps down all ads on web pages.

And while it'd be nice to be able to comment in YouTube, I can live without it.

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Forget Windows 10. Try Out Windows 1.01 Instead! 4 years 11 months ago wednesday-mac

I still remember my friend's shriek of horror followed by a torrent of swearing after she typed:

FORMAT C:

Bless Bill Gates for saving us from our own inability to remember and use simple MS-DOS and PC-DOS commands. Not to mention all of those pesky shortcuts in programs running on same.

Windows. Our protector. Pfft.

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 3 years 11 months ago wednesday-mac

I put Linux on an old Compaq Presario laptop running XP. The problem I ran into (not Linux's fault) is that the wireless adapter won't hold the internet connection, so I have to use it solo with a jumpdrive because I'm unwilling to wire it into the LAN.

If anyone knows a Linux workaround through a USB wireless adapter, please let me know?

I'm running Linux and XP side by side on an Acer netbook; am reluctant to make that final leap into removing XP. But all the programs that ran on XP run in Wine on Linux.

I refuse to convert to Windows 10, regardless I've used Windows since version 3.1 (land of the dual floppies). Microsoft tests in the marketplace. I don't want to be part of that marketplace, and the privacy issues/hidden issues yet to be revealed make me extremely wary. That, and having to find yet another third-party program to get their ^$#@Q!!! Start Menu out of my face. I want my OP to be silent and invisible. Windows is getting more and more intrusive.

Linux it will likely be. Here's hoping it's easier to install and tweak in five years.

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Free Font Saves You Money On Ink 3 years 10 months ago wednesday-mac

I gave up long ago on inkjet cartridges (though I use the scanner on an old inkjet printer) and bought a 25+ year old HP Laserjet. The 6500-page recharged cartridge for it is $26. If the old Laserjet dies, I just buy another one for less than $100 including postage, and off I go again.

For drafts, I use an ancient Oki Microline 320 Turbo (dot matrix). I've yet to blow through the six boxes of continuous-feed paper I've picked up at second-hand stores for a few dollars. It's just not worth the inkjet cartridge cost, regardless the font used.

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Convert Text to MP3 Files. These Great Online Services are Both Free. 6 years 6 months ago weheh

Excellent post. Thanks! I tried a bunch of these and I agree with you that YAKiToMe! has the best voice quality by far. I have a long commute and the pdf to mp3 conversion with YAKiToMe! is superbly useful for my studies. The other systems you mention and that are mentioned in the comments seem to use the crappy Microsoft voices or other crappy voices that are available for free from the web. I did some research and the YAKiToMe! free voices are the very expensive voices you would otherwise have to buy. I like that there's nothing to download, so no malware, yeah! And I read their Terms of Service and there's no issue with loss of copyright. So good get! Thanks again.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 5 years 3 months ago wekslap

I've been using comodo since it became top recommendation. other than seeming a bit slower than avast my previous,it seems to work fine.

my main query and slight worry about it is that when I run a ccleaner registry scan it always shows up a registry entry that cannot be deleted. HKCR\CIS.CisDebugInjector is this safe? What is it? can it be deleted?

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How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns 5 years 10 months ago wekslap

DoNotTrackMe is now severely effecting usage of Facebook

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How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns 5 years 10 months ago wekslap

Recently a lot of Facebook features were not working. After some investigation I disabled your suggested chrome extensions one at a time and found it was donottrackme that was causing the problem. Maybe a recent update has effected this. when I googled this, other users had had the same problem, also in comments on the chrome app site. I have always followed all your recommendations and apart from this issue have had no problems. thankyou for all your advice.

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How To Build The Best Gaming PC (Website of the Week) 5 years 3 months ago wekslap

Are they all Intel based builds? Maybe its just me but I couldn't find any AMD builds.

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How To Block Ads On All The Leading Webmail Systems 4 years 9 months ago wekslap

Is there an andriod version?

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 years 9 months ago weltall

That moment that a negative is a positive! IrfanView has been my image viewer for as long as I remember myself being online, even before google became a known and good search engine. It was my change from ACDSee which I used before to something more simplistic and fast. I changed firstly cause it was free vs paid and second the simplicity. Indeed IrfanView must be the most simplistic and bare image viewer I have ever seen. It opens pictures in seconds and there is no UI really, just the picture and the toolbar on the top. You can scroll through pictures with the mouse wheel and with the Enter key go full screen.

I always used a second library program, which changes from one to another over the years, with Picasa being the one i currently use scarcely when I want to organize. But no other program managed to take IrfanView's place, because I never wanted an interface to appear when I view images and to be easy to scroll through them, at least by default.

I tried XnView some years back, but I remember it did not open images in a window that just shown the image, but more like the image inside a windows with a grey background color. I blame IrfanView's simplicity and all the years I have been using it, for making me dislike that kind of image viewer.

Irfan view was, is and probably will be for a long time to come, my favorite simplistic image viewer~ I want to add that nowadays Picasa comes with a quite nice and windows 10 themed simplistic viewer too, letting you see just your images in a darkened background which looks really sleek and futuristic. IrfanView though when you finish scrolling through the folder it automatically opens a folder browser in case you want to jump to another folder and keep watching, rather than close it and do it through the windows explorer. That and the fact IrfanView has more image format support, makes me stick to it for sure.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 years 9 months ago weltall

For me irfanView by default opens as a window that has the form of the picture and changed along with the next picture. Pressing enter goes to fullscreen. I like that because a lot of the times when I open images, I want t keep them open and move them around, not closing them. If I ever want to go throguh just pictures without the need of the window, I hit enter.

Even in full screen though, by default the images are their default size, rather than the full size.I hated that too in the past, but since i have been using IrfanView for many years and back then I did not know for a better one, I learnt to go in the settings. in the fullscreen / Slideshow, I change the option from the default "Fit to Screen: Large images only" to "Fit to screen: All Images/movies". Considering I too would prefer a software that has that by default, but since I use it for many years, changing that option and ticking "Apply Resample function for zooming" when it comes to fullscreen, has becoming something I do mechanically as soon as IrfanView is installed.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 9 months ago weltall

Although I do not think only Panda does that, restoring automatically quarantined files is as easy as clicking on the main inteface button on the top (the whole interface looks like the new Windows start Interface with the squares) and then clicking on the Quarantine's "View Details" button. There you will see all the quarantined items and you will be able to restore them. If the folder the files were does not exist anymore, it will move them to a "Lost and found" folder. If it can find the folder, restoring them will also tell Panda the files are harmless so it will not redetect them ever as malware.

Actually you can always go in settings and switch on the option for the antivirus to first ask you before neutralizing a harmful file.

I am sorry if I made it sound confusing, but I can assure you it will take seconds for you to restore your files.

I consider Panda one of the two best lightweight Antiviruses and suggest it to people that want an antivirus with options. For friends and users that just want an antivirus that will kill anything and they will never care to change settings, I suggest Bitdefender. It will brutally quarantine anything that it believes it is harmful, be it you like it or not.

Both of them though have the option for the user to easily open the quarantine and restore the file.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 9 months ago weltall

Trust online is something harder to get than it is in real life for sure. I am not paranoid myself when it comes to tests, but I never cared enough if one antivirus has 10 and the other 5 labs points. There are plenty sources that show more detailed tests, which feel more trustworthy, since there are details. Indeed though knowing what the test tool does is something that would help us, not so much understand, but see results as even more trustworthy.

For better or worse, some malware do not hide only in virtual environments, but also are able to hide in the system and stay inactive, waiting for a chance when for whatever reason the antivirus will not be active and sneak up on the user.

All antivirus tools have some misses and quite some of them have a good killing ability. I am not sure if Avira is still one of the best, but that one and Bitdefender seem to prefer to hit more false positives, so they they will miss less viruses, rather than being more lax and miss more viruses.

Of course nowadays, at least to me that I am an experienced user, antiviruses all feel the same to me. [Commercial product reference removed as per site rules]

With that said though, Antiviruses are not anymore the perfect shield. Users should definitely use a browser addon to add a first wall of protection, be it like me an adblocker or any other addon, that can block malware and afar from that use occasionally an antimalware solution.

Although this is not the "Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover" list, I wonder why in the current one tools like RKill, TDSSKiller, AdwCleaner and Junkware Removal Tool are not mentioned, at least in a "products that are worth mentioning" list.

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Best Free File Copy Utility 3 years 9 months ago weltall

Windows XP support stopped one and a half year ago. Creating new software that supports an OS that has been abandoned by the company that created and developed it, is weird. I do not say that since XP are gone they should be forgotten. V2 IMO works just fine and I have and I am using it for many long years now. But why would they create a new piece of software and afar from windows 7, 8 and 10 they would have to give support and fix bugs on an abandoned OS? I do not understand why there should be given a warning, when Windows XP are no more.

PS: I still use Windows XP on one of my laptops, since it can't work well with anything else. I am though using logic, rather than personal needs about my old system.

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Best Free File Copy Utility 3 years 9 months ago weltall

Probably because it is not specifically for copying. I mean sure there are image editors that are great image viewers, but to suggest one as an image viewer, to a person that would not like the extra image editing capabilities, would be weird. At least to me.

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Best Free File Copy Utility 3 years 9 months ago weltall

I have used fast copy only twice in my life, so I can't remember precisely how the interface looks. I do remember though that when I used it to copy, it did give me an option to tick to calculate the estimated time of arrival, which twice I did not use, since I would leave the PC open and leave. Maybe you have not checked that option?

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Best Free File Copy Utility 3 years 9 months ago weltall

As a past used for Ultracopier I can tell you that it can actually verify checksums if you want it to, like Fastcopy and Teracopy. The only one I can't talk about is unstoppable copier. Used it only once to test it and never again in the past. All three of the programs though need the user to actually go by himself/herself and activate that option.

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Best Free File Copy Utility 3 years 9 months ago weltall

After a short test between Ultracopier and Teracopy, I have to admit that Ultracopier is faster. Even though if it is faster, I still hate the delay it has when it starts to copy something.

Be it a lot of small files or large files, when I compared the two, Ultracopier was much faster, with both of them have activated the checksum test. Actually, Ultracopier does not seem to get much if any at all slower when the checksum test is activated. It does make me feel a bit uneasy that is passes it so fast, but then again, I doubt they would add such an option without it being working right.

Even though Ultracopier in speed is better, I still abhor how when I try to copy/move any kind of files, even if it is a shortcut or a textfile less than a kb, I have to wait for a couple of seconds before Ultracopier will decide to work. If I rush it and start moving a lot of small files around at the same time, the app goes in a "not responding" state, and I have to wait a bit more.

Most of my everyday move/copy actions are of smaller files and I definitely prefer to wait longer when I transfer really large files, rather than have to wait for the copy program to every time start the copy.

If anything I prefer to have teracopy to replace my windows default copier and use another copier for special cases of really huge transfers. The reason I post this is because Ultracopier gets 5 stars and absolutely no negatives.

As a sidenote, I am using an SSD, so it is not my HDD taking it's time.

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Best Free BitTorrent Client 4 years 3 months ago weltall

I have lost 20+ giga of a download only because qbittorrent kept seeing it as "files missing when it either went idle or I stopped it manually. It would continue from where it left off after it started again but after I restarted my computer the file was gone. Quite buggy, but still good because of the lack of ads that makes μttorent feel bulky to me nowadays.

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Best Free BitTorrent Client 3 years 9 months ago weltall

I have before pointed out how qBittorrent made me lose 20+ giga of files because of a bug and actually before that it would crash a lot. For the last 2 months I decided to try it again, because of it's attractive simple interface that reminded me of the good old μTorrent days.

As of now I can say qBittorent is awesome. I like the UI more than Tixati's that feels more rough and less simplistic and if anything I just want it to download my torrents and not care if Tixati does it in a different way. That is though with me having a 10mbps (1.2MBp/s) connection, so I can;t really talk about people that either have a really slow or much faster connection.

STILL though, I do not think qBittorrent is better than Tixati, I just feel and believe it is more simple and that is all. One feature I really miss from Tixati when using qBittorrent is how with Tixati had 9 different priority choices, which was really nice to have when I would download torrents with a large amount of files and I wanted to separate into many different priorities. Sadly qBittorrent has only 3. Also it had a LOT of choices when it came to setting the bandwidth and seeding for each file if you wanted, in case you wanted to do that.

For people that want more advanced options, especially uploaders, 100% Tixati. For users that just want to add downloads and do not care how they work or they are not computer savy qBittorrent.

Sadly Vuze is in my far past, when it was still Azureus and I still remember how dumbfound I was with it's awesome UI. uTorrent now, for me, joined Vuse, being a great torrent client of the past. Even people that still love it, seem to prefer to use the 4 year old 2.2.1 version, rather than use the latest 3+.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 3 years 9 months ago weltall

Pictures is the only thing I do not use searchmyfiles for. I use VisiPics that compares the pictures visually too and has a slider to adjust how much the searcher should be strict or loose about his choices, that can range from choosing pictures that have a lot of the same background color (like all pictures that have a lot of white or a lot of black) to pictures that must be completely identical with each other. Recolored pictures can be found as duplicates too. Playing with the slider needs a bit of testing, but it is the best program I know of.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 month ago weltall

Although it has been a long time since I installed Comodo, I was sure there is an option to choose what to install, which for me always did not include the annoying GeekBuddy.

I honestly was on with PrivateFirewall, until in messed up a handful of my computers. The computer would start and it would give me a black screen. I looked it up and tried to fix it, but I never found a solution. Had to format my PC for that. Keep in mind I do not say something like "OMG THEIR PROGRAM DESTROYED MY PC! DEFINITELY A VIRUS! DO NOT INSTALL!". I usually laugh at people that exaggerate like that. But it did it 5 times, 3 being on my main PC.

I returned to Comodo mostly cause I am used to it and I know where to go and what to adjust to make it work. Just to check it out I just downloaded the installer of Comodo Internet Security. Seems the option is still there when you install it.

When the installer starts, on the bottom left there is a customize option. You click that and you can enable and disable what you want. I used to disabled only GeekBuddy in the past, but now I disable Chromodo too, since I use Comodo Dragon instead. But the option is still there to disable what you want.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 month ago weltall

Software always will give problems. That does not make them bad. Definitely Comodo always had and probably still have issues with BSODs and you can see so in their main site too. Obviously a lot of them happen because of conflicts though, rather than just the product. Of course updates do not happen without reason too.

I had a black screen problem with Private Firewall and not only once, but I remember it happened always when I did something specific. But either way, I have been using Comodo Internet Security for many years now and I do not get problems from it. It runs along MalwareBytes Antimalware with no problems and it is fine.

But I agree. Definitely not for someone that wants to start it up and forget it.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 3 years 10 months ago weltall

Zip tools are not usually if at all to blame. The best though program I had to open archives was indeed 7zip. When it says the path is too long it can mean a handful of things, which one of them is really being the path name being too long. Remember the limit of the filepath name is 250-260 characters and when you use the zip programs they count the whole length, including the folder name.

So if you have backed up things and they are in a folder called "Omg this is a really large name that have 150 character" and the file name is another 150 characters, normally windows will not have a problem to read them, but when you try to copy or unzip them, it tries to read the full length of it and it goes over the 250 character limit.

If you do not get it, just try to copy things from your zip, directly on your c: drive, rather than in a folder. That will help Windows to be able to read it.

Paying will not really help, if that is your problem.

There is no bullet proof program from file corruption. Sure you can add a % of security, which will help a bit from file corruption, but if a file gets damaged for whatever reason, nothing can really fully save it. Your problem does not seem corruption though, so again I doubt paying for it will help.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 3 years 10 months ago weltall

I am not sure if the mods read these comments, but I feel IZArc should be removed from the list. Not only it is as bad as it can, but it comes bundled with opencandy too. My problem was not the opencandy per se, as much the fact that even if I denied the installation of the advertisement programs, my antimalware program caught IZArc running the opencandy installer as soon as I declined them. I have wrote here http://alternativeto.net/software/izarc/reviews/ there reasons that this program should be avoided at all costs.

As of now Peazip seems to be the best all around program to have. It's interface seems nice, as always has been and the only problem I have is that I can't drag and drop items from within an archive on another, without having to first unzip the one I want to take the items from. Also I can't drag and drop items on the desktop. But these are minor things. I do not want to make a huge pose here on how I feel, but I will just say that Peazip does it all. I have wrote a large post about why it is worth having over the others here http://alternativeto.net/software/peazip/reviews/ for anyone that cares to read it. I explain why I like it and even compare it to 7zip/winrar/freearc.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 3 years 9 months ago weltall

Indeed, since I was one of the people that hated IZArc the most about the hidden open candy, I can tell that i tried this version and it had none.

IZArc still says on it's pages that it supports ARC archive and still does not support it. Thus they simply say they support all these formats, when they do not. Just in case it will be said that "this is just one of the one it says it supports" I will say that they can simply have lied about any of the other ones too. I call it a lie, because like I mentioned on a review I made on alternativeto, freearc has not been updated for year and IZArc, especially now, has just been updated, which means it is a lie. That or the company does not give a care about what they say they support.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 3 years 9 months ago weltall

IZArc then advertises it supports the original ARC archive, which it's era as it seems was over 20 years ago and it is the original ARC archive, where Peazip advertises it supports the non original ARC archive, that people nowadays do use, considering it is one of the best data compression method. I am not saying that just from personal experience, which indeed freearc archives do compress data better, but if you use wikipedia to look up freearc, you will see that it is even better than the current best and popular LZMA2 method of 7z.

Although I take it back about IZArc lying then and I am really sorry. I better change my review on alternativeto too. IZArc unique supported files seem to be as it advertises CD/DVD Image files and from a quick look through them, a couple of older and maybe newer formats. Also encoded email archives and a couple of more. Here is a list of the unique ones If something is missing, it is because I tested it with Peazip and it opened it;

A - The Unix AR archive files?
ARC - Original widely used before 20 years
B64 - Binary usable by usenet only
BH - ZipTV archive
BIN - I tried 5 BIN files and it did not show any content in them. Creating my own worked, so it works.. kind of.
BZA - IZArc's archive
C2D - Roxio CD Image
CDI - Uhmmm, CD image. Not sure by what used.
ENC - I do not know
GCA - compression format created in 2000 by Shin-ichi Tsuruta
GZA - IZArc's archive
HA - Used by an old HA Archiver.
IMG - CloneCD if I remember right?
LIB - Tried it on a handful LIB files and it did not work.
MDF - Alcohol CD Image
MBF - I do not know
MIM - eMail compression archive?
PDI - Pinnacle Systems' InstantCopy DVD iamge
UUE - used for email encoding?
XXE - a third email archive for encoding
YZ1 - used by an older Yamazaki ZIPPER
ZOO - old compression format, predecessor of the ARC archive.

These are the ones that are not supported by Peazip at least and I tested some of the CD/DVD images and indeed they worked. It makes it an awesome tool if you want to extract CD image files without having to install a virtual DVD program. for at least the images it can open. For that use, I salute it and indeed before a handful of years, in the age that everything were in such format, I would call it an awesome tool to extract these images, but still mounting them with Daemon tools and extracting them that way was never that hard.

I am still though being bitter for a couple of reasons. First is that it is meant to be a piece of software that will replace any archiver since it can handle "everything". I just installed it and tried it just to see if the new version changed anything but the removal of the opencandy.

A test with IZArc and 7z format, LZMA2 - Solid Archine gave me an error of being unable to compress the selected files http://i.imgur.com/AalANWq.png and with just LZMA2 became unresponsive and I waited for 4-5 minutes and then I gave up http://i.imgur.com/QyBYQUG.png. Even more annoying is that every time you choose to compress some things, it will revert to it's default ZIP format, although if you open the program and go to options, you can change the default to another format, so it is not so bad. Peazip managed to work with LZMA changed to 2and zipped as good as 7Zip and thankfully it remembers the lase used archive type, rather than needing to have a set default.

Obviously I can see IZArc can't replace the currently most famous archiver , which is 7z. Peazip on the other hand can kind of replace it, because it can indeed use the same compression methods and unlike IZArc that has hardly any options when compressing. Peazip has the same options 7zip has, in case someone wants to change them to something different AND if you change the options, it will remember them in the next times you will use it , until you will change it to something else. Actually it gives an option to the user, to select a bunch of folder/files and compress each of them in a separate archive, something sadly the original 7-Zip does not offer. I am not saying Peazip is better than 7-Zip, because 7-Zip is still much more stable and fast when handling it's own format. But at least it does not tell to the user it cant compress the files when LZMA2 with a Solid Archive is used, which has been the norm for 7z for a long while now. It even hangs when LZMA2 is used and it does not give different compression levels for it.

From a quick look on Wikipedia as you pointed out, Peazip supports a lot of formats like IZArc, with either of them supporting some the other does not. Considering all that and that Peazip has a better interface, support 7z format really good and supports not just opening but also compressing in the non original ARC format, which is used widely nowadays, I would say that IZArc seems to be doing something wrong

IZArc needs to at least fix it's support on the main file archive it supports, rather than choosing as a default the Zip format. Zip format is indeed is indeed the most common, considering windows support that out of the box, but it is not special, since any file archiver supports that.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 3 years 9 months ago weltall

I am Greek and English is definitely not my main language >.> If anything, it is all Greek to people I talk to. The reason I wont try to reach out is become to begin with I do not like the interface. Peazip was bundled with Opencandy first time I have found it and actually malwarebytes would delete the whole install file. I did post that in the forums, along with other people that complain and the opencandy was removed. But that is because I liked how Peazip worked and looked. IZArc does not feel like it has a friendly UI at all. Plus I am content with the progress of Peazip. Quite unstable still and I always check file integrity with it afterwards, but it is advancing all the time.

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Best Free Disk De-fragmenter 3 years 8 months ago weltall

Is the MyDefragGui found on http://www.mydefrag.net/ the same as the MyDefrag mentioned on here, but with different user interface?

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Best Free Image Viewer for Android 3 years 8 months ago weltall

Even if late I wanted to point out the Gallery was made by Cooliris, which currently has been bought by Yahoo. Not sure if Google jsut did not want to pay 3rd party anymore or whatever, but now they do not have anymore the rights on it, since it's part of yahoo. I remember an app called Cooliris, which I am guessing it's from the same company. But the last version was definitely not 4.2.2.

Gallery on the other hand has not been public for a long time. But there is no Gallery 4.2.2. You are probably getting that number from the Jelly Bean version 4.2.2. In turn the last Gallery like that should be 4.4.2 by now.

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

I too have been using TeraCopy for years, since I first found out about it on Hiren's Boot CD, which was used for the Mini Windows XP it had integrated. I have tried other copiers, with this being the best for me. Ultracopier is the second I used the most and even if it indeed copy large files faster or does large quantity of files a bit faster than TeraCopy, it crashed with me in the couple of months I used it more times that TeraCopy has crashed for all the years I have been using it. What's worse, which was the worst part about it for me, is that when it would initiate, it would take a while before start moving files. I am guessing it somehow prepares so the copy becomes faster, but if you do a lot of small moves, that delay can become annoying, or at least it became for me.

Considering I want a copier that totally replaces the Windows one and is not just good for whenever I move large quantity of GBs, I decided to remain with TeraCopy. Just to clarify, I do not use v3. v3 gave me a hard time by crashing a lot and not working right. v2 is the one I have been using and still use.

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

If you want reliability, I can only speak for what I use. Get Teracopy and after installing go to it's Preferences and check "Always test after copy." It will make the whole thing slower, but at least you will know your files on both locations are exactly the same.

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

Speed over anything else probably. Considering Windows copy lacks that by default (not sure about windows 10), I guess no copier thinks it is needed either XD They probably prefer to let the program be as speedy as possible, and let users use that as an extra option, rather than have users call the software slow, not caring that this happens because it makes sure the files are safely copied.

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 3 years 6 months ago Wendell

Comodo Backup Registration problem

I was unable to Register for the "FREE 10 GB Online Storage account". I repeatedly received "Oops! An error occured. Please try again later." just to the right of the Register button on the page.

I have tried for days, with Chrome and IE, with the same result.

Suggestions?

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Best Free Hotkey or Macro Recorder Utility 4 years 9 months ago Wendell

I vote for HotKeyP.

HotKeyP meets all of my needs including superseding native Windows Win+ key assignments. It is light weight and simple.

Thanks to Stamimail for the recommendation.

What I like in a Hot Key Utility is that ability to supersede native Windows Win+ key assignments.

I had been using WireKeys (https://code.google.com/p/wiredplane-wintools/) for years. Other than occasional cursor changing to a dot, it is great. It has many other features, but I seldom use them.

PS Hot Launch VVL and WinHotKey are OK, but neither can supersede native Windows Win+ key assignemnts.

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Safe Computing in Under an Hour 5 years 5 months ago Wendell

Your link to "Nimi Cleanser" is a dead end (Chrome Web Store: not found). I found "Nimi Web Cleanser" here "http://mynimi.net/Projects/Nimi-Web-Cleanser/". Because it is not in the Chrome Web Store, it will not install.

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How to Merge Multiple PDF Files Into One PDF Document for Free 2 months 1 week ago Wendell

Split function is operational as explained in Help and in Readme.pdf. Enter desired subset of pages in the "Pages" column.

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What's Eating All My RAM? 3 years 10 months ago Wendra

Terrific! I was looking for something such as this program. I'll check it out today. Thanks so much.

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Jazz up Your Windows Desktop with this Excellent Free Program 3 years 10 months ago Wendra

Awesome! Thanks for this recommendation. I'm excited to try it.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 9 months ago Wendra

MS has been trying to force their Win10 files onto my system, however, I've never inferred at all, not even an inkling, that I'd want Windows 10 & I'd been removing files whenever I could. This week, Windows displayed an update dialogue box with no apparent way of closing it. As well. it kept asking me to commit to an update date. I'd even tried 2 different Task Managers & couldn't get it off my screen. GGGRRR!!! After research, I opted to install some free software called GWX Control Panel which could disable the Win10 updates. I really resent that these companies & others, such as browsers, don't give us more choices but arbitrarily decide things such as what level of security & which products should be placed onto our systems. I'm now going to check out Linux Mint so thanks to all the other posters for this recommendation & information. It's very much appreciated by yet another disgruntled long time Microsoft user. Adios Windows! Can't really say I'm going to miss you. LOL

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Want To Learn Microsoft Office? These Top-Class Training Manuals Are Free. 5 years 9 months ago wepopew

I have three user account on a Windows XP machine.
I have corrupted the User Accounts.
>> Control Panel, User Accounts, get "wrong number of arguments or invalid property assignment"
Result, cannot change password picture, or security level on any of the three users.
Any helps?

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How to Fix an Annoying Windows USB Problem 2 years 9 months ago Weshtery

I had a similar issue. After upgrading my desktop PC from Windows 7 to Windows 10, on boot it would be pot luck whether my keyboard, mouse or wacom tablet would work. Sometimes they'd work fine, othertimes one would work but not the others. The only solution was a restart - occasionally a hard restart due to having no other options available, after which they would all work again.

Your solution worked for me, and continues to, three or four weeks after I found your page. Thanks Vic.

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FairStars CD Ripper 2 years 5 months ago wesley65

I downloaded the program you recommended but with the cd in, it detects no files. Yet I am viewing the "Track01.cda" file in my explorer window. I refresh the list and reinstall the cd in the player but no files appear in the list. Is there something wrong with my initiation of this application? When I put the cd in it begins to play automatically.

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Best Free Notes Organizer 6 years 2 months ago wesman

It would be nice if Cinta Notes had the feature of storing images. After all, as they say, a picture is worth a million words.

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Best Free Notes Organizer 3 years 4 months ago wesman

I had used Notesholder under Windows 7, and have gone to Windows 10. After going Windows 10, it seemed Notesholder still worked. Then I had to reset, and consequently reinstall Notesholder. While reinstallation went off without a hitch, the software no longer launches upon startup curiously. Any ideas why this is the case?

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Enterprise-Grade Security Software. For Free. 3 years 7 months ago wesman

From the link, it also appears Sophos calls for access to personal files. Maybe somewhat of an issue for some gents.

Cheerio!

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 5 years 9 months ago wesnsw

Be warned Foxit will install a cloud connection

I just installed Foxit Reader 611 and got a free cloud connection. It was installed without questions or options. Then I could find no way of removing it or turning it off.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 5 years 9 months ago wesnsw

Thank you mr6n8, your suggestion works. I have used Foxit reader for many years for its quick loading and snappy performance.

Actually I didn't have a uninstall entry for it in my control panel but installing Foxit a second time created one so I could do as you link suggests.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 5 years 10 months ago West Swan

Hello,

It is interesting that you recommend Microsoft Security Essentials for average users.

Windows Secrets, the website that Gizmo used to be a senior editor of, says that it is really only suitable for 'geeks' and those who use safe surfing practices. For average users they recommend other antivirus.

http://windowssecrets.com/langalist-plus/questions-about-ms-security-ess...

Oh yeah, I'm not saying you or they are wrong, just pointing out that even experts differ in their opinions :-)

I for one use Avast. I make sure to change all the settings so that it asks me first before deleting or repairing or quarantining infected files etc.

Cheers,

Paul

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 4 years 3 months ago West Swan

Hello,

What do you think of the inbuilt backup and restore in Windows?

I've got Windows 7 and it seems fairly easy to use.

Regards,

Paul

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Best Free File Manager 6 years 5 months ago West Swan

Hi,

I got Windows 8 a couple of months ago and (with the use of third party programs) got my start button and dvd playing back.

Now I want to find a replacement for the new Ribbon like File Explorer. I've tried to make it my friend but I yearn for the good old Windows 7 or earlier days.

Which of these free file managers are most like that of Windows Explorer in Windows 7 please?

I'm old and I do things automatically which is why I "fixed" Office as well :-)

Ta very much.

Paul

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Best Free File Manager 6 years 5 months ago West Swan

Actually, if I could just get the Windows 7 Windows Explorer to work in Windows 8 that would be the nicest option :-)

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Best Free File Manager 6 years 5 months ago West Swan

Thanks for that. Will give it a try.

Pity there isn't a registry fix or batch file around that can do it :-)

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Best Free File Manager 6 years 4 months ago West Swan

Is it free? I could only see some trials.

Whoops I meant that as a response to the Free Commander recommendation :-)

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Best Free File Manager 6 years 4 months ago West Swan

Thanks for that :-)

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Best Free File Manager 5 years 10 months ago West Swan

That sounds like a good idea.

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 2 years 3 months ago West Swan

Hello,

I have around a dozen home DVD's that were converted via dubbing from VHS tapes about 5 years ago. The VHS tapes no longer exist.

They are in reasonable quality. I probably could have done a better job with one of those VHS to Digital devices you can buy. However a few jittery bits from a 30 year old tape is quite acceptable (and retro) :-)

I want to convert these DVDs now to mp4. I tried using Format Factory which I use for all my Video conversions but the resultant mp4 was awful. Kind of out of focus???

Anyhow I tried installing Freemake and both my antivirus and antispyware programs went into hyperdrive. I know that technically this product doesn't contain malware (ones definition of malware may be important here) but I gave up when both my security programs asked me to make an exception for it.

So basically I want to create an exact copy of whatever is on a DVD to an mp4 file (if that is possible). I want minimal to no loss during the conversion process and I want it to be a painless if not joyful experience :-)

Has anyone else done this with good results from DVD to mp4?

Cheers,

Paul

Anyhow

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 2 years 3 months ago West Swan

And the answer is - - - - - Handbrake.

Awesome results :-)

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Best Free Office Suite 6 years 3 months ago West Swan

Hello,

I am setting up an old laptop (Pentium m) with Windows 7

It runs fine even with only 1Gb of memory which it has.

However, Office (the Microsoft Variety) is quite slow.

All the person needs is to be able to open word, excel and powerpoint formats e.g. .doc and .docx

Which of these reviewed office suites would use the least memory, cpu etc in your opinion?

Regards,

Paul

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Best Free Office Suite 6 years 3 months ago West Swan

Awesome. Thank you :-)

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2019 5 years 5 months ago West Swan

Hello,

I am trying to fix an issue with a Sony Tablet S

Fortunately it has been rooted as I need to recover some deleted files from it.

My friends partner decided to 'play' with it.

Can you recommend a Freeware program to recover photos, contacts, messages, videos etc?

There are paid versions but I would rather not fork out any cash :-)

Regards,

Paul

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Best Free Video Cutter and Joiner 2 years 3 months ago West Swan

Hello,

Does anyone know if VOB Merge re encodes the Vob files?

I successfully merged 4 of them into a single file then used another program DVD2MPG to make an mpg file.

At this point (I believe) I haven't done anything that could lose data.

Regards,

Paul

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Three Handy Windows Utilities to Fix Small Annoyances 6 years 7 months ago West Swan

I totally agree.

The arrow immediately shows me that it is a shortcut and not the actual executable or folder.

He he - in fact if I see any non-shortcuts on my partners desktop eg folders full of photos then I move them to "My Pictures" and create a shortcut to them on the desktop.

She thinks I'm anal but I say it is best practice :-)

Toodle,

Paul

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Best Free Windows 8 Start Menu Replacement 6 years 5 months ago West Swan

Hi Rick

I would have to disagree with you.

I persevered without a start button for a month before deciding to either get one or upgrade to Windows 7 :-)

I got one (a paid one albeit less than a cup of coffee for a lifetime of updates - can't list it here as it wasn't free)

If I had a touchscreen computer then maybe it would be ok.

My thought is that as all this functionality is there (but just hidden underneath) then MS could pop up a question during install asking the customer if they have a touch screen or if they use a traditional mouse and keyboard mostly.

The ability to switch back and forth would be great.

Another thing is that by default it is the Apps that open photos etc. Not the software programs I've gotten used to over the years and that work great e.g. Windows Photo Viewer. But in that case it is easy to set them how you want.

Regards,

Paul

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Best Free Windows 8 Start Menu Replacement 6 years 5 months ago West Swan

Hi Rick,

Agree with you totally re RT mode. I do like the weather 'app' though.

Other than that I do everything on the desktop albeit constantly getting popups on the top right saying something like "you have new apps that can do this" I just ignore them :-)

Cheers from rainy Perth, Australia.

Paul

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Wikipedia, But With A Modern Interface 5 years 1 month ago West Swan

Hello,

Firstly, thank you for this find which will be of use to many people I am sure.

I also think many people (including myself) will prefer the regular style without all the eye candy stuff.

But then again I kicked up a stink when the free fastmail service got taken over by Opera and they tried to 'modernise' the look and feel.

We won. They reverted back to having a 'classic' interface option.

Cheers,

An old bloke who thinks if it aint broke then don't fix it :-)

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Freeware Protection Against Accidental File Deletion 4 years 1 month ago West Swan

I was going to say that Recuva does not support EXT 4 or other Linux file systems but apparently as of 3 months ago it does. Not sure about Apple formatted portable drives etc. I keep all my recovery software on a Windows 7 (actually Windows 10 as of yesterday) computer and being able to work with different formats is great. Cheers, Paul.

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Best Modern PC Games 2 years 9 months ago West Swan

Hi George,

Are all these games freeware?

I assume they are but just thought I would check.

Regards,

Paul

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

Hi Rick,

Can you please elaborate on what the "lite" OS Microsoft is going to release is?

I have a lot of old computers and an OS with similar system requirements to XP or even a bit higher would be a great thing.

Cheers,

Paul

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 7 months ago West Swan

Howdy,

Does it have a traditional menu bar?

I don't mean the 'gear' or anything like that.

I mean the bar that has "edit, view, History, Bookmarks, Tools" etc.

As an old fart I need this.

Cheers,

Paul

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Reminder: Check If Your Email Address Has Been Stolen Or Hacked 2 years 4 months ago West Swan

"The site will tell you if your details have been leaked. If they have, you'll need to change your passwords."

Hello, so what you are saying is if I have been 'pwned' then somebody somewhere has both my email address AND my password is that correct?

If it is just my email address that has somehow gotten out there then why should I change my password? Of course I know regularly changing a password is a good idea anyhow.

Cheers,

Paul

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Reminder: Check If Your Email Address Has Been Stolen Or Hacked 2 years 4 months ago West Swan

Hello.

I think I confused you sorry.

I didn't understand if being on this list (which I am) meant that somebody had JUST my email address or if they had my email address AND my password.

I of course have already changed my password just in case they had it as well as my email address.

Now if I start receiving lots of spam myself I will know my email address has been sold and change it. I'm sure my 12 contacts wouldn't mind :-)

Thanks again,

Paul

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Reminder: Check If Your Email Address Has Been Stolen Or Hacked 2 years 4 months ago West Swan

Thank you from another Aussie :-)

I already have a fake PayPal account for those times a website demands it (even sometimes for free software that was advertised on this site a couple of years ago).

That account is associated with a fake email address using a name that is difficult to tell if the person is male or female. I did that just for fun.

Cheers mate,

Paul (from rainy W.A.)

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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 West Swan

All good. I have an 'email' and 'details' just for situations like this.

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