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Edit Your MP3 Files On Your PC 1 month 2 weeks ago zootsocket

Agreed. I've never found anything quicker or easier than OcenAudio for simple cuts and splits. No recoding or quality loss and it's cross-platform.

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Stunning Level Of Detail For Network Detectives 1 month 2 weeks ago Realist

The software is very huge, and not worth the time.It is only for professionals, not for home users.

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Best Free Portable Applications 1 month 2 weeks ago Looniest

Might I suggest a frequently updated comprehensive list to go in the same section as The Portable Freeware Collection, i.e. Portable App Suites/Launchers:

http://www.snapfiles.com/features/portable-apps.html

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Best Free Software Update Monitor 1 month 2 weeks ago bromberg

PSi used to work on my Vista PC and then suddenly didn't; Pecunia support is aware of the problem and says they cannot re-produce it (version 3 is in a state of forever loading) and says to wait for a new release.

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Stunning Level Of Detail For Network Detectives 1 month 2 weeks ago Geekomatic

How does this compare with Nirsoft freeware, Networktrafficview?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Uses Clam AV engine and signatures so detection rates will be very poor in comparison to other products. Will not be featured here. MC - Site Manager. view
Stunning Level Of Detail For Network Detectives 1 month 2 weeks ago David Roper

I feel the same way as RandyN. Too much to do for it. I guess I am spoiled.

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Edit Your MP3 Files On Your PC 1 month 2 weeks ago vandamme

I like OcenAudio, which is easy to use yet has a lot of toys and tools. I use it on Linux Mint.

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Stunning Level Of Detail For Network Detectives 1 month 2 weeks ago RandyN

Sorry, but the amount of hoops you have to jump through to use this software is ridiculous and not worth it.

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Site Suggestions and Feedback 1 month 2 weeks ago Bruce_Fraser

Suggestions/Requests:
1) In the "My account" area, there should be a list of articles which are sending me notifications of replies or new comments. Why? Because right now, the only to get to that place is by clicking the link on one of those notifications, and the link isn't always correct (like today, for instance!). Besides, having a list would make it possible to do multiple unsubscribes.

2) Furthermore, it should be more obvious how to get to "My account" in the first place. Right now, the only way in the website to do that is for a user to click on her or his own name. Not very intuitive. "My account" or some similar name should be one of the top menu items. [Oh, I just discovered it: it's under the "Home" menu item... right where I was NOT looking for it.)

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Edit Your MP3 Files On Your PC 1 month 2 weeks ago AJNorth

Agreed; excellent call.

mp3DirectCut is simple, fast, straightforward, low-resource, non-destructive and stable (it is also updated every year or so, and continues to be ad free). For the functions it performs, it's been my go-to application for many years.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 month 2 weeks ago realdark86

Any comments about Amiti Free Antivirus?

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Be Where You're Not. Fool The Web. 1 month 2 weeks ago Quetzalcoatl

I am afraid, there is a technical detail, with the "WebRTC" leak, even with a VPN, it is possible to detect your real IP Address. Chrome and Opera are specially vulnerable to this issue and there is no patch or solution in sight, the current addons for Chrome do not work.
Try it here : http://ipleak.net/
Firefox can be fixed with an addon or by editing the internal settings

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Edit Your MP3 Files On Your PC 1 month 2 weeks ago doug-jensen

That goes for audio splitters and joiners too---NEVER use programs like this one that transcode.

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Edit Your MP3 Files On Your PC 1 month 2 weeks ago howiem

The email link to this article is invalid. Content is spelled incorrectly: http://www.techsupportalert.com/conttent/edit-your-mp3-files-your-pc.htm"

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Edit Your MP3 Files On Your PC 1 month 2 weeks ago Geert

A drop in sound quality is something you a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y want to avoid.
I'm also very pleased with mp3DirectCut and I think it's the better alternative to choose.

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Edit Your MP3 Files On Your PC 1 month 2 weeks ago Bruce_Fraser

Nice find, Rob. But poor download directions. There is no "Basic" listed on that page -- it's hidden under the Acoustica 6 heading, but who would ever know that? The only free thing visible on that page is for something else altogether.
Better to link it to the page for that software, where the Basic version is in plain sight at the top right of the window: http://acondigital.com/products/acoustica-audio-editor.

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Edit Your MP3 Files On Your PC 1 month 2 weeks ago Seymour Cat

mp3DirectCut... http://mpesch3.de1.cc/mp3dc.html

Your method will cause a drop in sound quality due to transcoding. MP3 Direct Cut allows editing, fade-outs and so on with no re-coding so no quality loss and it's much faster.

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How To Use Torrents 1 month 2 weeks ago skibird

I immediately bookmarked this page! Being new to bit torrents I started searching for info on torrent download software. After sifting through some 15-20 websites I came across SoftwareInsider.com and their Smart Rating system included Gizmo's rating along with CNet and user ratings. When I read the Gizmo's article, it suggested I should read this "How to Torrent" article. Seeing all the links in this article I realized I had hit the Mother Lode and immediately bookmarked this page! I will be using these links over and over and will be coming back to Gizmo's Freeware as a first stop when looking for information and ratings on new software!

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 1 month 2 weeks ago arieshifman

Good morning you all.
Just received a note from "FileHippo.com Update News" as follows:
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Video to Video Converter is a great free tool for converting your video content
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It is a freeware and I wonder what is wrong with this converter that it is not on your list of recommended converters.

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Edit Your MP3 Files On Your PC 1 month 2 weeks ago Joe A.TT

I prefer Wavosaur. It's already mentioned in this article http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-audio-editing-software.htm#Wavosaur It is portable and stealth, and the 64-bit version weighs in at 3.18MB (the 32-bit version is even smaller). You'd be amazed at what this tiny program can do.

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Be Where You're Not. Fool The Web. 1 month 2 weeks ago greenmanharper

I tried to use the UK link and was promptly bounced back to the free version. Too bad, it looked promising, but I will have to find another service.

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Be Where You're Not. Fool The Web. 1 month 2 weeks ago AJNorth

A while back, I gave a previous version of ChrisPC Free Anonymous Proxy a try and found it useful to be able to listen to geo-restricted BBC and CBC streams from the U.S. -- http://proxy.chris-pc.com/ (as it is ad-supported, be mindful during installation; current version: 6.0, released 2015.04.15).

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Be Where You're Not. Fool The Web. 1 month 2 weeks ago jmaloney

I needed this service just a few minutes after I read the article. I tried to use the service in the US to log onto a site from the UK, but as soon as I selected United Kingdom a link appeared that said "Back to free version" and it wouldn't let me use the service. - Jon

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 1 month 2 weeks ago jax21es

I think it is a great list, though I would prefer to see some description for each tool.

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Be Where You're Not. Fool The Web. 1 month 2 weeks ago howiem

No joke. https://www.hidemyass.com/ I've used it in the past. It worked OK as a Firefox add-on, but I prefer to use the TOR browser https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en (4.5.1 is latest). TOR is free and now built in to Firefox ESR. It is however kind of slow to load (at least on my notebook). TOR does come with a number of security features including NoScript, HTTPS Everywhere. There is more on TOR at http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-anonymous-surfing-service.htm

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Be Where You're Not. Fool The Web. 1 month 2 weeks ago SwanKnight

So, how is this different from any run-of-the-mill VPN/Proxy service?

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Be Where You're Not. Fool The Web. 1 month 2 weeks ago lowndesw

"hidemyass", huh?? Is this an April 1 article??

Seriously, THANK YOU for this and ALL the very helpful, interesting, educational, and exceptional articles!!

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 1 month 2 weeks ago AndyR

By "copy" do you mean "clone" ? (sector by sector image) or just an ordinary disk / partition image (data area only) ?

What operating system were you using Win7, Win8 or ?

The additional information would be appreciated so I can test the latest version again if need be, Thanks.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 1 month 2 weeks ago alexxx46

This guy is an Aomei chirruper. Crowds of them (chirrupers) have been browsing here lately, mostly of Chinese origin.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 1 month 2 weeks ago jajw98

Downloaded the Paragon, and attempted to use it to make a copy of my hard drive. Found that you had to buy the program to use that feature. Paid the 40 for the program: started the program, and waited...and waited...and waited...2 hours passed and it didn't even get past the integrity test. Eventually I gave up and downloaded the aomei free version and that started up right away! Not every happy with Paragon. Now I need to find out how to get my money back...

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Finds of the Week: Can Your Computer Run That Game?, Test New and Used PC Hardware, Download and Delete What Google Search Knows About You, News That Inspires 1 month 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Not as far as I know. :)

 

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Best Free Digital Photo Organizer 1 month 2 weeks ago GregR

I need a sorter to help remove duplicate images. Thus the following fields would be useful.

Side by side image display.

Location directory path.

Various sort options but usually by image size and date created.

The ability to specify "trees" and "all subdirectories".

Any of these do that?

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Finds of the Week: Can Your Computer Run That Game?, Test New and Used PC Hardware, Download and Delete What Google Search Knows About You, News That Inspires 1 month 2 weeks ago LFAN

Regarding this article "How to Download and Delete What Google Search Knows About You", what if you've NEVER set up a Google account?
Do they still have all this info on your Google use?

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Finds of the Week: Can Your Computer Run That Game?, Test New and Used PC Hardware, Download and Delete What Google Search Knows About You, News That Inspires 1 month 2 weeks ago Fairportfan

I've been meaning to say that i really don't care for the new site design.

I don't HATE it, just think it was unnecessary - like most of the tweaks Goggle has inflicted on Android since JellyBean, or Windows 8.

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The Easiest Way To Try Audio Editing 1 month 2 weeks ago Fairportfan

"...download and install a dedicated freeware audio editor."

That would be Audacity - http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

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Be Where You're Not. Fool The Web. 1 month 2 weeks ago datablitz7

HMA is not ideal, especially for streaming media. Try "Hola Better Internet" extension, available for Chrome, Firefox and IE. You can choose country of origin on the fly, and per site.

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 1 month 2 weeks ago Arata

I will try out your suggestion about the editing software later and update this comment. 

Thanks and nice meeting you here, webguy. :)

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 1 month 2 weeks ago Arata

Thanks for commenting here, Sir Winston. I also have no idea about this. But I think for such long-time-no-updating programs, I may try to replace them bit by bit. If you're looking for a video converter, you can have a look at other programs. :)

 

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Best Free Technical Support Sites 1 month 2 weeks ago Sahil Waste

Like Bleeping Computers, Geekstogo[dot]com/forum is also a great place for tech help....

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Free Software for Aspiring Novelists 1 month 2 weeks ago George.J

You could give a PM to Midnight Cowboy and if Rob is willing, you can take over this category :)

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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 1 month 2 weeks ago v.laurie Your product key is probably an OEM license. Microsoft no longer lets you download Windows 7 unless you can provide a full retail key. view
Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover 1 month 2 weeks ago AJNorth

TDSSKiller is now at version 3.0.0.44 (2015.01.21) - http://usa.kaspersky.com/downloads/TDSSKiller or http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/tdsskiller/ .

Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit is now at version 1.09.1.1004 Beta (2015.02.09) - https://www.malwarebytes.org/antirootkit/ .

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 1 month 2 weeks ago Sir_Awsomness

Could you please provide a link for Tencent? They quite often give false positives and it's really hard to find where to go to even ask about this kind of thing, especially when it's all in Chinese.

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Keep Track Of Your Activities On Your PC 1 month 2 weeks ago Mighty

I've had ProcrastiTracker running on my machine for years. I don't look at it often enough :-) http://www.procrastitracker.com/

Drake Christensen

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Best Free eBook Reader for Android 1 month 2 weeks ago Old Professor

I have a different criteria. I need to read technical publications. I belong to the IEEE Computer Society which has discontinued publishing hardcopy magazines. I was forced to convert to reading electronically.
I own a Motorola DROID4 on which I am using two of the recommended apps for reading books. For my purposes, a book is single column and has few illustrations. All files are downloaded to the DROID. I need PDF text to reflow, but I don't insist that the formatting be perfect. Some of the books are in TXT files. I tried DOC and DOCX and found no advantages. I Use Cool Reader and [commercial app edited out]. Sometimes one is more pleasing to view than the other.
For purposes of this discussion, technical magazines have lots of color illustrations, including ads. Attempting to read these on the DROID was impossible. Text was too small, illustrations were generally too big; reducing their size made them unreadable. I was forced to buy a tablet. I got a Samsung Galaxy TAB S. Then I had to select how to read the magazines.
The Computer Society provided an app for reading Computer Magazine. While useless on the small screen DROID, it is very good on the tablet. It renders full page view, probably of a PDF. The type is small, but readable. It has buttons for Contents, Search, and Library. The view it presents for the library makes me suspect that it is a customized version of EbookDroid, but that bookcase view is very common.
I tried reading using ePub versions that are available on the Computer Society web page to members. I don't like the aesthetics. They are presenting plain text that is not attractive to me for browsing.
I subscribe to ahobby magazine that is published in PDF, so I also tested reading it. I liked reading the PDF in Moon+. It was very readable. Jumping from the TOC to an article didn't work in Cool Reader. So, at the moment, Moon+ is my reader of choice for PDF.
I tried the readers that came preloaded on the Samsung tablet. Drive PDF Viewer only scrolled continuously; I couldn't fins a page view. Jumping from the TOC to an article didn't work. Hancom PDF reader added thumb views of pages at the bottom by squeezing the page. I didn't find these thumbs to be useful. Jumping from the TOC to an article worked some of time.

I recognize that my sampling was incomplete and not very well controlled. I'd love to see Gizmo extend their review to address technical text.

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Best Free Lightweight Web Browser 1 month 2 weeks ago XPer

Hi,everyone,
here is my latest find in group of supersmall browsers- '32 bit web Browser', just 1 mb, can be downloaded as .exe and not necessarily 'saved', but just 'run'. And, just like in case with 'B.O.B. Rapid browser', little bit of manual work and tweaking required to create 'bookmarks'.
Sites are opening fast , no glitches, domestic and foreign.
Detail regarding 'B.O.B.Rapid Browser' ( sorry, I didn't mention this in my prior comment ): it doesn't open some sites on its own and resorts to opening those thru Your default browser. But the size ! The speed ! And no glitches. I've tried these two and Polarity, and am keeping them, even if just for fun
( and fun is in variety ). A.Raa.

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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 1 month 2 weeks ago Dazo52

will this work with the windows 7 code printed on the back of a laptop? need to restore it to factory settings and i dont have the recovery disk so i was wondering if that would work

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 2 weeks ago caktus

I guess I shouldn't be surprised if it does try to force Bing on me again. It was a big pain to get it off my Windows 8, the later 8.1. Even when it was no longer the default search engine it kept haunting me to no end. I guess MS was slipping up since I was eventually able to get rid of it so it would stay gone. If it comes back with the 10 upgrade I hope will be as merciful.

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 2 weeks ago AndyR

I do not know if this counts as being more information or not but rumours say it will more than likely either be subscription based (much like Office 365) either that or you will just have the basic operating system but will need to pay for modules (aka Apps?) such as Media Centre etc...

Those are just rumours of course but not entirely unfounded when you think that a very high percentage of their operating system sales only come from new pre installed devices with not many people actually buying the operating system by itself these days, couple that with the all the pirated editions out there and Windows Activation tools it would be a good way for MS to recover those losses...

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The Simplest Way To Improve Your Web Browsing Security 1 month 2 weeks ago searchlight

Beware when installing and/or purchasing a VPN of the limitations imposed by the software vendor. I purchased [edited], and discovered to my dismay that they block outgoing gmail as their VPN was used by spammers. I tried establishing Gmail as an exclusion within the program but that did not work, either. Could not send any outgoing smtp emails using Thunderbird configured for Gmail unless I turned [edited] off.

This was a hassle, so I uninstalled the program, and received a refund.

I am trying VPN browser extensions as a substitute.

[Moderator's note: Mention of commercial service edited out. We cover only free service here.]

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 2 weeks ago Anupam

It is better to either visit the site of the commercial software, or write to their support in order to satisfy your query. Please do not post here about commercial software.

In general, most of the programs should work with Windows 10.

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 2 weeks ago cloverdavid

Will current software, like [edited], [edited], [edited], and utilities, anti malware work with Windows 10?

[Moderator's note: mention of commercial software edited out]

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How to Clean An Infected Computer 1 month 2 weeks ago kgm4714

Can I make a HitmanPro.Kickstart from the infected computer? It happens to be the only computer on which I have HMP loaded.

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How to Remove Google Text Ads 1 month 2 weeks ago RobertP

Thank you for the article. Really have been wanting to stop the ads. I followed the directions, but when I save the .hosts on Notepad file and request to replace the existing file I receive the message "Access is denied". That is where I get stuck.
I am working on Windows 7 and use Firefox.

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Best Free Technical Support Sites 1 month 2 weeks ago satrow

For complex Microsoft Windows problems, like the dreaded Blue Screens of Death (BSOD), Windows Update failures, SFC scans failing to fix, malware problems and a lot more, the folks at Sysnative go out of their way to dig deep and get things straightened out - that's if they haven't already built a tool to do the job for you!

Highly recommended and probably the most professional team out there.

[Disclosure] I'm listed as a Staff member there.

I know that the active Staff there blow me into the weeds, I leave it to them, they're simply in a different league.

http://www.sysnative.com

"Sysnative.com provides free professional Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) crash analysis and debugging support, expert malware analysis and removal advice, Windows Update help plus hardware and networking support for Windows OS."

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Free Software for Aspiring Novelists 1 month 2 weeks ago CASD

We need an author here..Storybook isn't even up to par with a lot of other freeware, Web site doesn't work also there is a new site and software called Ostorybook and then you have online novel writing software.. and distraction free online software, like writemonkey

I might consider taken over this, area since I'm a writing software junkie :) always searching for new stuff

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How to Find Out How Fast Your USB Flash Drives Are 1 month 2 weeks ago v.laurie Offhand I don't know what the problem might be. The utility does read larger drives. view
How to Find Out How Fast Your USB Flash Drives Are 1 month 2 weeks ago jcpeake

I recently bought a batch of new flash drives and wanted to test them out. So, I tried this utility just now (on a Windows 7 laptop) and it could only detect one of them. Maybe the utility has trouble detecting large capacity drives. (The one it detected was a 4GB drive, and the rest ranged from 16GB to 128GB.)

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 2 weeks ago v.laurie Remah, I do not have access to a "Windows with Bing" system. If you are familiar with it, then maybe you can help caktus. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 2 weeks ago Remah

I thought that caktus was talking about having "Windows with Bing" preinstalled. That is a very different issue than having Bing as the default search engine which is very simple to change.

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 2 weeks ago v.laurie

This article has more news about phone updates- http://www.pcworld.com/article/2923085/microsoft-will-bypass-carriers-pu...

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 2 weeks ago v.laurie I don't know if the Windows 10 upgrade will have Bing as the default search. It wouldn't surprise me if Microsoft made it the default in all upgrades but I don't know. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 2 weeks ago caktus

I've gone to a lot of trouble to rid my 8.1 of Bing and practically lost what was left of my sanity doing it. :-| Does this mean I will have to poison my system with Bing all over again in order to get the "free" upgrade to 10?

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 1 month 2 weeks ago Sir Winston

I wonder if iWisoft has been abandoned because it hasn't been updated for years now ?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 month 2 weeks ago misteroldpea

Have you read this? Apparently Comodo installs malware called "PrivDog" which apparently is an SSL hijacker: http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/2wu4nw/comodo_internet_security_bundles_privdog_a/

Not sure if it really is the case, but I wouldn't like the reputation of Gizmo's Freeware jeopardised for recommending dodgy software.

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32-bit and 64-bit explained 1 month 2 weeks ago Remah

Well spotted. Now corrected. That mistake had been there for years. :)

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 2 weeks ago v.laurie

OK, guys, I am going to have to ask that further discussion of the relative merits of Linux be done at our Linux forum: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/linux/
As interesting as these discussions of Linux may be, this is not best done here where we need to keep the comments on the subject of Windows 10. Thanks.
Thanks Vic. These comments have now been moved to this thread where the discussion can continue: MC - Site Manager.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/15088-windows-or-l...

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 2 weeks ago Faziri

Enjoy your relative lack of software for daily shenanigans. Linux is admittedly a much better system technically, but it still just can't compete with Windows for daily leisurely use. Not to mention that even to programmers like me it gets really irritating having to muck around in a terminal all the time and always having to deal with software that just plainly stops working at random times (*cough* X server *cough*)

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 2 weeks ago tlcmd

Now y'all know why I run a Linux Operating System!!

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 2 weeks ago AndyR

There is a handful of Windows update files that are in preparation for the "free" Windows 10 upgrade, these updates keep being moved around from being Optional to Hotfix and even Security! In my opinion there is no need to install these at present as on some systems they have been causing slow downs and a few other problems (mine included) I have no doubt that when the free upgrade is offered all the correct and working files will be offered again anyway... There are rumours as to what exactly these KB updates really do, however that is mainly speculation. My reason for commenting is purely to alert users that their systems are already being prepared in the background.

These are the related windows update files I mention:

KB 3021917
KB 3035583
KB 2952664
KB 2990214
KB 3013531
KB 3022345

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 1 month 2 weeks 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 Online Applications and Services 1 month 2 weeks ago Jojo Yee Thanks for your feedback darknesseternal. This item has now been removed from the list. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 2 weeks ago v.laurie A lot of things already changed with Windows 8/8.1. Features were added, features were dropped. Windows 10 has more changes and is still in development. If there is a particular feature you are interested in, try asking about it from someone who is running a trial copy or ask at our forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/14857-free-upgrade-to-windows-10-a.html view
A Brilliant File Verification tool: A Second Opinion For Your Data’s Integrity. 1 month 2 weeks ago snakyjake

Alternatives:
FileVerifier++
wxChecksums

I'm looking for something that uses better algorithms; MD5 is real slow.

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 2 weeks ago jhvance

Since it's listed among the eligible upgrade paths, does the new Windows 10 Pro incorporate those additional features that were in Windows 7 Ultimate by comparison with Windows 7 Pro?

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Best Free Online Applications and Services 1 month 2 weeks ago darknesseternal

Unfortunately Grooveshark, is no more. They left fans a goodbye message on their site, then they packed up their groovy dorsal fins, and headed for friendlier waters. I'm going to share a little of their closing post here, if that's ok. An epitaph, perhaps;
"Dear Music fans,
Today we are shutting down Grooveshark..."
It goes on to offer what seems to be a humble, and sincere apology for infringing on copyrights. They added a short list of alternative sites for music, and then they beg fans to "respect the artists, songwriters," and everyone involved in the industry, by using only licensed music services. Then it closes with...
"Yours in music,
Your friends at Grooveshark
April 30, 2015..." *sniffles, and dabs at her eyes with a tissue*
What? Too sarcastic? Kidding aside, I actually really loved Grooveshark. I was a member for several years. I'm sad that they had to shut down.

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How Windows 64-bit Supports 32-bit Applications 1 month 2 weeks ago MrBrian

Some additional WOW64 issues are covered at The WOW-Effect.

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32-bit and 64-bit explained 1 month 2 weeks ago MrBrian

Possible mistake: The reference to "WOW32" could perhaps be "WOW64"

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 2 weeks ago v.laurie I assume more or less when the PC version is released (end of July?) view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 2 weeks ago v.laurie As far as I understand it, Windows 8.1 with Bing is basically the same as other 8.1 systems. Microsoft says larger tablets (8" and up) will get the free Windows 10 upgrade. If you have an ARM processor I don't know where that leaves you.What OEMs will offer is unknown. At this time, much is still up in the air. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 2 weeks ago Khanm6

Any idea when mobile devices will be get free upgrade to 10.

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Find My Phone 1 month 2 weeks ago bernardz

This is also available in AVG pro in their security. AVG PRO for andriod is available free here

 

http://www.amazon.com/AVG-AntiVirus-PRO-Android-Security/dp/B009361C5O/r...

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 2 weeks ago v.laurie It has been announced that there is no Windows Media Center for Windows 10. I don't know exactly how an existing system with Windows Media Center will be upgraded. Anyone else know? view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 2 weeks ago DCL

What if anything are MS saying about the OEM tablet edition 'Windows 8.1 with Bing'. Will OEM's be able to offer upgrades or, like phones running Windows Phone 7, will tablet (slate) owners just be forgotten again?

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 3 weeks ago greyman

Thanks to Gizmo"s and V. Laurie for this (way simpler than anything Microsoft could say) explanation of the different planed releases of Windows 10.

Having gone through the entire process of loosing Windows 7 through the ill fated upgrade process to 8, then 8.1, I am a little wary. For those who did not see it. there was a great Gizmo's article about a replacement for Windows Media Center, which will not work, (I am told) with the new Windows 10 Pro.

I wonder, does anyone know if the new Win 10 just goes into WMC and places all the items saved there into another format? Worth checking out before I lose my photos and videos!

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 month 3 weeks ago valcoff

Do they know what the W10 will cost after the year has come and gone?

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Best Free Ways to Learn Programming 1 month 3 weeks ago Panzer

Codin Game:

https://www.codingame.com/

 

Code Hunt is an educational coding game:

https://www.codehunt.com/

 

CodeMonkey is an online game that teaches real computer programming to children as young as 9:

http://www.playcodemonkey.com/

 

Gidget is a game designed to teach computer programming concepts through debugging puzzles:

http://www.helpgidget.org/

 

Ruby Warrior - game written in Ruby for learning Ruby and artificial intelligence:

https://github.com/ryanb/ruby-warrior

https://www.bloc.io/ruby-warrior/ (web version)

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Best Free Ways to Learn Programming 1 month 3 weeks ago Panzer

"... Colobot is a real-time strategy game. In a way. But it isn't ... Unlike most RTS games, Colobot does not require tactics, but it does require thinking ... Colobot actually has its own interpretation of robot programming, which is done fully by the player, together with a few hints and tips from the trusty SatCom. The programmed robots function at a level similar to the brutality of writing an actual program, which does mean it requires the right amount of accuracy, with the right mix of logic ..." (Colobot: Gold Edition is still in alpha, so for now it is better that you should try the original game - Look under Colobot in Download section): http://colobot.info/learn-more/ http://colobot.info/joomla/index.php/download

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Best Free Ways to Learn Programming 1 month 3 weeks ago Panzer

Update 15th May 2015:

- The Magnum Opus Challenge added

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32-bit and 64-bit explained 1 month 3 weeks ago Remah

I can't be definitive but it will almost certainly work the same way it does for earlier Windows releases as with 32-bit Windows upgrade to 64-bit Windows 8. The upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit cannot be done using the Upgrade Advisor or any other automatic method. It has to be done manually with a clean install.

To upgrade to Windows 8 it was more expensive to go from 32-bit to 64-bit because the cheapest upgrade path was using the default upgrade from 32-bit to 32-bit. If Windows upgrades from 7 and 8 to 10 are free then there may be no difference.

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Best Free Word Processor 1 month 3 weeks ago jimwg

If Kingsoft's WPS only imported ODT files I'd do away with OpenOffice and Textmaker, as good they are. WPS renders docs beautifully, even better than Word and the cloud backup is great.

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32-bit and 64-bit explained 1 month 3 weeks ago stephandurney

Earlier i replaced the hard drive on my Windows 7, 64-bit HP. The tech department at work installed a 32-bit version of windows 7 professional. When the upgrade to windows 10 occurs, and since it is apparently occurring through windows update, will it automatically install the 32-bit version or will I have an option to install the 64-bit version? I wasn't able to find this answer in my brief search. Thank you in advance!

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Best Free Lightweight Web Browser 1 month 3 weeks ago XPer

Hello there, Gizmoguys, and, before tech staff,- congratulations with so nicely redesigned format;
now: recently I"ve discovered Polarity browser and B.O.B Rapid browser, both are extremely small- 1 mb and 826 kb accordingly , both downloading in .exe form, to be open on the screen all that is required is to click on the icon and click 'run"; both are very fast and do everything that their big brothers do, Youtube works fine, every page I called on the screen, including foreign, opened fast, there is no freezing, nor crushing. So, I"m quite content. Perhaps, someone else will be too, when tried. Thank You. 'till we meet again. A.Raa.

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Best Free File Manager 1 month 3 weeks ago KetchupKid

January 2014 seems like a long time ago. Can we get this entire article updated? You guys do good work and I'd be very interested in an update on all available free file managers. :) And your link above for the category editor, George, does not work. He must have backed out.

PS. I don't like the little "New Article" popups in the lower right corner when I visit the site. No big deal, just irritating.

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 3 weeks ago Panzer

wego is a weather client for the terminal:

https://github.com/schachmat/wego

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 3 weeks ago Panzer

Fort - Password Manager:

http://www.ideabyte.net/fort/

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 month 3 weeks ago ChrisW

Today, 14 May 2015. Just tried to download and save, and also just run the latest version of Screenshot Captor and received an error message "invalid certificate etc.". Has anyone else run into this problem? Can't download and save or just run the software. I am running a Windows 7 64-bit system. Thank you.

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How to get a Better Windows File Manager 1 month 3 weeks ago richardlatu

Thank you for this wonderful article, I appreciate it very much.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 month 3 weeks ago shripalsingh

Gajshield – A Buggy Firewall, Time & Money Waster.

Dear All,
I am writing this to you to make you all aware of this useless, buggy and one of the worst firewall “GajShield” that we have purchased and got ripped off, I wish to share my experience to you all to save you being ripped off.

BEWARE OF GAJSHIELD FIREWALL AND THIS COMPANY!

I have purchased “GajShield 80DC Firewall” in the month of May, 2014 by paying handsome amount of Rs. 1,15,000/- For 3 years subscription through their distributor www.dxitservices.com (DX IT SERVICES), which is almost double as compare to any other firewall and also with sonicwall TZ210 that I was using earlier. Right after the installation, we have had issues of many features of internet (email, chat, websites, images, FTP) not working properly and they have very weird way of making them work to create different certificate and patches and ask us to install on individual PC’s. This works one day and other day on any other PC or for all, other thing that was working earlier will stop working and then again they will make some patch, ask us to install and fix it.

This was happening over 10 months and still they could not have a stable version of their firewall, they were not able to give us guarantee that all things fixed and will keep working. They kept giving assurances, trying hit & try and giving new patches. We were forced to waste hours every day to test their system, work with them to get issues fixed and we not only wasted thousands of hours for their testing but we have lost good amount of business due to their buggy and incompetent firewall.

We have all records of daily communication and written complaints of all of our issues to them to prove how bad it went for us for the past 1 year. The worst part is when finally started asking them either to fix everything and make it stable, or refund us and take back your buggy firewall, they stopped responding to my concerns and never tried to resolve. We have proof of all of these email communications too. We even tried to approach the distributor/dealer “DX IT SERVICES” who sold this to us, they were helpless and of no use, simply refused to do anything by asking us to deal with GajShield Infotech (I) Pvt. Ltd Directly.

I was forced to throw their firewall out, buy new sonicwall TX215 and to save my business and to save my losses I was having due to their broken system. I tried to have communication with all of the top management and no one bothers to listen and respond back to make a resolution, they are happy to enjoy our money that we pre-paid for 3 years. I am now forced to explore our ways to take help of legal system to get our money back that we will do for sure.

I just want you all to please avoid dealing with GajShield Infotech (I) Pvt. Ltd (www.gajshield.com), avoid purchasing GajShield firewall or any of their other products, It’s a very bad company, gives no value to dissatisfaction of their clients and a buggy software they have and moreover, their system is not easy to use and provide no additional benefit over other well established brands.

Thanks & Regards,
Shri Pal Singh
A Dissatisfied Client of Gajshield.com
shripal.singh78@gmail.com

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