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Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 5 months 1 week ago Kdawn

I turned off the ad blocker too. I didn't know that the lock up in the address bar is where that is kept.
I donated and posted this page to my FaceBook wall. Please check your store link so that you can get funds that way too.
It didn't work for me...
I've prayed that the spirits help you.

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago larchambault

Contribution done! From your friend from Canada... ;-)

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago TexasVet

Done and Done. Thank You comment on other page. Thanks again Gizmo.

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Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 5 months 1 week ago TexasVet

Thanks for all the years of great service to our community. With this request for help I looked back and found that 3 years ago was my last monetary support, so it's about time eh? Tech Support is ALWAYS my first goto for PC/Windows/Software help. Always. Keystroke (march) on!

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Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 5 months 1 week ago notagain

thank you for all the years of excellent advice. As I consider donating I realize I'm not sure of a reliable procedure for verifying I'm actually donating to Gizmo (or any other site). I'm sorry to ask you for more info, but I'm sure I'm not the only ignorant one looking @ your site. Please publish such a guide, it seems to me to be exactly in both of our, as well as many readers, interest. Or if it exists elswhere, can you point us (we the ignorant) at it? Also if you or any readers can explain why the use of frames and therefore "printer friendly" online material is so universal? Specifically, why are comments not available on gizmo printer friendly material? I generally learn as much or more from the comments, than the articles, from most sites. Thanks in advance, to anyone who cares to enlighten us.

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Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 5 months 1 week ago booleanboy

Finally managed to donate - just ignore the digits in the 'amount' box and start typing the amount you want to donate. Why is it that some of the biggest online enterprises (like Paypal) have the worst UIs?

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Wallpaper of the Week: Colorful Fireworks 5 months 1 week ago rhiannon

Thanks!

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Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 5 months 1 week ago mchldpy

It wouldn't let me log in until I entered a Dollar amount.
I clicked on the 3 zeros and entered five point zero zero and it worked just fine.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Colorful Fireworks 5 months 1 week ago budchekov

Happy 4th, rhiannon @Y'all :)

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Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 5 months 1 week ago mchldpy

To all those that can't stand the high rates or get the interface to work -
If you sign up for a Paypal account (it's FREE) it cost you NOTHING to donate and you can also send money to ANY email address for FREE.
I'm going now to give $5, won't you give a Dollar?
If everyone gave one Dollar ...

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Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 5 months 1 week ago Quigrim

I did manage to donate.
I figured out the 0.00 you see when you lan on that page is actually not text in the text box that you can delete.
It is shadow text. That is why backspace does nothing.
Just click on a zero and type in your $ amount with cents.

Really, really bad user experience design by PayPal.

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Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 5 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy

This seems to be a pretty general issue the solution maybe one of those suggested here. MC - Site Manager.
https://www.paypal-community.com/t5/Sending-and-receiving-money/Cannot-e...

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Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 5 months 1 week ago booleanboy

I'm having the same problem (from UK). I'm keen to donate (again) but when I follow the link to the Paypal page I can see no way of changing the default amount from '$0.00'. Have turned all ad blockers off (permanently now for techsupportalert.com) but can't donate using either Firefox or Chrome. I'll keep trying though - I like and trust your site and its ethos and am keen to support you.

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Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 5 months 1 week ago gizmo.richards I thank you all for your kind comments and generous donations. It's the Gizmo community that is by far the most rewarding part of running this website. Gizmo view
Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 5 months 1 week ago gizmo.richards Yes I understand this may be confusing - its not well designed by PayPal. However if you click on the 0.00 amount you can then change it to whatever you want. view
Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 5 months 1 week ago boristhemoggy

Donated. I've been using this website for many many years and it's never failed me. Well worth a few dollars in my eyes

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago billy22taxi

Happy to Donate. I have also switched off my ad blocker for your site. It's the least i could do for a site which has taught me all i know about computer software. Keep her LIT.

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago James Cuthbert

Donated keep up the good work

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Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 5 months 1 week ago Quigrim

When i click on Donate (the paypal link) it takes me to a paypal page but the amount shows $0.00, and there is no way to update it.

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Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 5 months 1 week ago retiredWolf

Your site has been a great help to me over the years. I am happy to give back to you. Hope this site will remain for many years to come.

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago petermac

Hi Gizmo, it's a while since we communicated. I still figure that one day we catch up for that Sydney lunch when I come down from the Central Coast and you make it in from your green part of the world. Your site deserves to go from strength to strength as that's how I still see it travelling. Cheers, Petermac.

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Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 5 months 1 week ago DMN69

Donation made and ad blocker disabled for this website

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Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 5 months 1 week ago swfan1963

Disabled my ad blocker - I didn't realize it was on for Gizmo's - and I'm making a donation. Thanks for the great work!

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago joseywales

Very happy to help with my donation, please continue the great work!!

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Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 5 months 1 week ago johnl77

I made a donation. I tried to avoid using PayPal because of their outrageous 4% currency conversion fee. Unfortunately my donation was routed through PayPal. PayPal now gouge and I try to avoid using their payments service.

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago 4sure5

This is such a great, trustworthy site, that i'm happy to help. i've got most of my software through techsupportalert, and have learned a lot in the Forums.
Thanks!

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago AJNorth

Glad to be able to help support this essential site and its mission (my only regret is that I cannot do more at this time...).

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago THouston

love what you do, we made a donation.
hope it helps.
however, ad blocker stays on.

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago wraith808

Done! I'll gladly give a donation or join a membership site, but don't turn off my adblocker for anyone. Too much bad stuff out there that comes through Ad networks.

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago mrwayne75

At 83 yrs young I am is the same senior position as many seniors and their $$ - I thank you for all the help and hints you have provided me over the years since I first found your site. I do not use ad blockers but sometimes i wish I did but I understand the $$ impact it could have on many sites. GOOD luck on your donation drive.

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago jhill150

Happy to donate
One the one hand it pains me to use an ad blocker but some sites have ads that are so frustrating I keep it on. But I always turn it off when a website requests that i do. May i suggest you do that too.
J

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago Niteowl

Happy to help. I'd like to donate more but since I'm a senior with a fixed income it's kind of difficult.

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Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 5 months 1 week ago tedwest

I use an ad blocker, and so I'm not conscious of who uses ads and who doesn't. I disabled it for Gizmo just now, and upon refreshing the page there is no discernible difference. Nevertheless, I'm more than happy to allow ads here.

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Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 5 months 1 week ago EldonW

Google ads... fine.
Kindly explain Google Analytics and Skimlinks.

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Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 5 months 1 week ago jmaloney

I tried to replicate the problem by turning my ad blocker back on and refreshing the page. The donate button was shown, so I don't know if my earlier experience represents a problem or not. I'm using Firefox.

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Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 5 months 1 week ago jmaloney

Thank you for this site. I donated, but I almost gave up when I came to the donation page and couldn't find the donate button. I turned off my add blocker (uBlock Origin) and the donation button appeared when I refreshed the page.

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Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 5 months 1 week ago Kdawn

Thank you Gizmo for all your help and insight that you give so freely! I will gladly donate on Paypal.
I wanted to buy a tee shirt on your link but, it's not working...

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago mouser

There is no better website for learning about freeware -- the site is absolutely essential, and has been a friend to all freeware coders. I have donated and put out the call on our website for others to lend their support. Keep up the great work.
-jesse (mouser), from donationcoder.com

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Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 5 months 1 week ago rziulek

This is by far the best 'go to' freeware site I have ever used. It is my first and only site that I use for recommended freeware. I am glad to donate to keep you going forever.

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago 2oldfan

Glad to help. You are one of the true treasures of the internet. You've even been kind enough to help on specific problems . A jewel beyond price.

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago JAFRA

Thanks to you and the forum!

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Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 5 months 1 week ago HisSon

Is there any way that we could use PayPal?

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Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 5 months 1 week ago Budnick

Happy to help out. Great site that has saved me a lot of time and money.

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago tomgee8853

Thanks for all you have done over the years.

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Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 5 months 1 week ago tom1

Best site around, first stop when looking for software. More than happy to contribute. We all take something out, now it's time to put something back.

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago FunkyMunky57

No hesitation in donating. A great informative website that has helped me countless times over the years.

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago RonMazz

Have used your reviews and suggested software for many years. A remarkable resource. I have cheerfully donated and also whitelisted your site in Ad Blocker (have only done this for a couple of other sites). Perhaps you can suggest the whitelisting option as well in your communications and show folk how to do it easily?

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago i8spombots

Happy to contribute....suggest you alter PayPal link page to ask if people would donate an extra X cents to their contribution so as to cover PayPal's slug that's charged to Gizmo for the PayPal service.

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago Nodrog

Happy to help.

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago gizmofan1248

Glad to donate a modest amount to this EXCELLENT site!

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago smeyer52

I just contributed, happy to do so. Gizmo's TechSupportAlert is valuable to me.

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Thank You for Donating 5 months 1 week ago tacenator

Wish I could donate more, but am an old geezer on a very limited income. Great site that I have followed for years; keep up the great work. Thanks Gizmo and Co.

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Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Threat: Here's How You Can Help 5 months 1 week ago kastaldi

Donated five minutes ago... I wonder why people use ad block on techsupportalert, your ads are not annoying like other websites...

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 5 months 1 week ago marcdarkin

Shirley? Who's Shirley? :D

Seriously, thanks for taking the trouble to find the download, Rob! Pictomio and Bridge only have one thing in common: they are organizers, not viewers as such. But their approaches are very different from each other.

I had Pictomio in my review because it worked very well as a viewer too. It was intuitive, had an appealing interface and was very fast. These aren't features that Bridge can exactly boast. I know it well and use it very often because of its seamless professional integration with Photoshop and other Adobe products, but it's not a program that I'd recommend to use as a viewer on its own. There's also its footprint and high resource usage.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 5 months 1 week ago crombierob

I took it as a slight challenge to find the download for Pictomio.
I failed that challenge, but came across a web site Listing Pictomio about 7th, and listing Adobe Bridge as 1st..
The said that it is free.
Softpedia has it for free -
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Editors/Adobe-Bridge.shtml
I have not delved enough to see if it solves the needs desired from Pictomio.
But Shirley, that program will have some desirable features for some of our members ?
Rob

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 5 months 1 week ago Anupam

Yes, I checked too after seeing your comment, and strangely, Pictomio is not available for download from all major download sites. It's strange because generally download sites do provide a copy from their own servers, but for Pictomio, they all linked to its home site, which is not available anymore. Seems like they decided to disappear from the face of the earth for some reason.

BTW, a new version of Nomacs is out after a long time. Only 64-bit version available though, and I use 32-bit Windows. Hopefully, they will release 32-bit version soon too.

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Get A Dark Theme For Google Chrome 5 months 1 week ago gizmofan1248

Concerning relieving stress on the eyes of course there is also the *excellent* program f.lux - which I am sure many of Gizmo's readers know...

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How to Check If Your Computer Has Been Infected with a Wide-Spread DNS Hack 5 months 1 week ago aztrix

I'm not sure when this was last checked but I get the following errors from http://www.dcwg.org/detect

1. https is not supported *** ding, ding, ding, alarm bells!
2. All of the links tested (where english is supported) do not work with the exception of http://www.dns-ok.lu which had the following info:

DNS Changer inspection page
This site can no longer determine if your system is infected with the DNSchanger malware. The DNS-OK.LU site relied on the US government provided DNS servers to determine if a system was or was not infected.

Those servers were deactivated on July 9, 2012 in accordance with the expiration of the US court order that authorized those servers.
For more information: DNS Changer Working Group (DCWG).

So I'm curious how this article which was updated 1 February 2015 managed to get this to work after 2012?

YMMV!

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 5 months 1 week ago marcdarkin

Thanks a lot for your comments, Anupam, and especially for the heads up about Pictomio's wrong link. I check all the links in my article from time to time but I admit I hadn't done so since last December. It was still functional at that time. The program hadn't been updated anymore since 2012 but there was an official website maintained for nearly 6 years after.

I'd like to keep it here for a while, though, because it was very good software and could still be useful. But unfortunately, all my attempts to download its last version from any of our reputable download sites have failed. They don't seem to host copies of the program and all their links still lead to the same one I had here. So I've had no choice but to remove Pictomio from the article. A pity.

I'm glad you've found WildBit valuable. Thanks again.

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Get A Dark Theme For Google Chrome 5 months 1 week ago classicggma65

I have been using Dark Reader for the last month and do like it. You can filter how light/dark, even choose between contrast/brightness, sepia and grayscale. Also notice a bit of a slowdown but worth it to save my eyes. Get migraines and those white screens played havoc with my eyes, causing headaches...had to cut down my Internet time.

Just checked the extension and found quite a few unhappy people. Seems there are some problems with the last Chrome update. You may want to wait until that's resolved.

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Get A Dark Theme For Google Chrome 5 months 1 week ago jonbourne

NoSquint looks great, but it is not open source like Deluminate. You're giving a lot of permission to the extension (to view ALL your websites and data) without knowing what's going on behind the scenes. It doesn't mean that developer is doing any nefarious, but it is something to keep in mind.

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Get A Dark Theme For Google Chrome 5 months 1 week ago gizmofan1248

NoSquint is very good.
Another somewhat related is Clearly - esp. for texts where you can set the standard background and text color to a darker theme - and the screen is "cleared up" at the same time.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 5 months 1 week ago Anupam

Link to Pictomio leads to some other site.

Since the default Photo app in Windows 10 is basically annoying and useless for me, I was searching for another alternative. With a photo viewer, I just wanted to view the image, and be able to zoom it via mouse scroll, which was there in Windows Photo Viewer (which Windows 10 has done away with).

I was able to find this feature in Nomacs, and WildBit Viewer. Nomacs is pretty simple, and light. WildBit Viewer has many more features, which I liked, so I guess it might be my default.

ImageGlass had the desired features too, but its zooming is not smooth, and not good.

Just my experience, as per my requirement.

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 5 months 2 weeks ago Mighty

And the 150 MB difference is less than 4% of a 4 GB system. 2% of 8 GB, etc. Down in the weeds, in my minuscule opinion

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 5 months 2 weeks ago gizmofan1248

Thanks! - One other question - in the Windows7 startup screen - the logon screen with different users - I'd like to have it boot automatically into one of the three users after some seconds - is that possible?
Edit: Found the solution:
https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/377-log-automatically-startup.html
It's a little tricky. I use a standard account for daily use (recommended by security folks). Very rarely do I have to access the Admin's account. But if I need it now, I'll have to use netplwiz to go back to the old setting temporarily... :)

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 5 months 2 weeks ago crombierob

I use the free Seagate Disk Wizard.
It has an option (checkbox) to retain the disk signature, which i always tick.
Perhaps that avoids windows noticing a hardware change ?
Rob

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 5 months 2 weeks ago Remah

I've regularly replaced HDD and other components including the motherboard and Windows has always been easy to authorise the change. One computer was so fried that the HDD was about the only original component.

It has been over a decade since I spoke to a human operator. More lately Microsoft provided an automated voice response system. Now with Windows 8 and 10, these issues are usually resolved at my computer because the license details are stored in the firmware. That has been a great improvement.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 5 months 2 weeks ago Jojo Yee Thanks Anupam for your kind feedback. Both alternative links are now given. view
Change These 15 Default Settings To Increase Your Internet Privacy 5 months 2 weeks ago bash550

You may also want to include uMatrix in that list. I primarily use it on chrome.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 5 months 2 weeks ago AndyR

Yes that is the safest option... though it was Grub on a floppy disk years back when I was seriously experimenting with Linux multiboot just shows you how long ago that was lol.
I have never used Easy BCD with Linux instalations before so I can't shead any light on that one sorry.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 5 months 2 weeks ago gizmofan1248

I see now that Easy BCD only shows the Windows (7) boot option (not the 2 Linux options I have).
I have downloaded the Supergrub 2 (SGD) iso file. I suppose it is to be installed on a USB stick for example?
Edit: Managed to install Subergrub2 on an USB stick, using the Rufus program. So now I can boot from there, in case there are boot problems...

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 5 months 2 weeks ago gizmofan1248

These options (of getting a new license number) were not available to me when I talked to them. One of the Microsoft guys was friendly and we tried various technical solutions but could not solve the problem (of this message with "not genuine Windows" after cloning to a new HDD). But as mentioned, I can live with it (I have stopped getting annoyed! ;-))

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 5 months 2 weeks ago AndyR

Thank you... I recently used Macrium to reinstate an image of Windows 10 after the 1803 edition that was forced upon me had some very annoying glitches in it with my main system 1803 works fine though on the other two systems so I have that edition blocked now using the Windows update hide tool (from MS).

At one time you could just call MS on the number shown in the activation screen and if you told them you had replaced the HDD they would give you a new license number for free if the previous one was genuine and a year or so after that they were even handing out license numbers to people with Pirated editions of Windows 7 without question ! I have no idea if either is still the case or not but might be worth a try.

Kind of makes me wonder how Windows 10 would react to being reinstated onto a different HDD ? though at a guess I think it would check the BIOS numbers rather than the HDD serial.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 5 months 2 weeks ago gizmofan1248

Great review. Thanks! I am a big fan of Macrium Reflect. One of the things you could add to the above is that it has the option of verifying an image immediately after creating it. That is rather important for, as you state, if you have a defect backup, you are nowhere. Another thing I'd like to point out is that the program is frequently updated (in easily installed patches). For many years I used the free version but some years back I bought the Home Edition. The free ed. is ok and is also updated frequently. Some time ago, I managed to clone my Windows 7 system to a new larger internal SSD-drive. The process went smoothly. The only drawback I have experienced is that every now and then Windows tells me that I don't own a genuine Windows! This is because Windows now sees a different harddrive and thinks it is a new PC. I have asked Microsoft how to fix this but they could only come up with: reinstall Windows. But the whole point in using imaging software to clone is to avoid the time consuming Windows install. However, I can live with these messages - the Microsoft people told me they wouldn't shut down Windows at some point! ;-)
I have now a multiboot system with Windows 7 and two Linux distributions (Mint and Q4OS) on the main harddrive - that makes 6 partitions (including the 'recovery' partitions) - and they are all imaged easily and beatifully with Macrium Reflect. I have several times recovered the whole system without any problems. To be on the safe side, images are made alternatively to several different external harddrives - no problem with that. They are made with simple full image backup (not cloning, not differential or incremental).
The section above about Easy BCD and Super Grub 2 (SGD) is very interesting. I'd like to ask if there is anything you should be aware of before installing them (or one of them)?

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Best Free Software for Linux 5 months 2 weeks ago Panzer

"... eradio - a minimalist and powerful radio player ...":

https://github.com/DreamDevel/eRadio

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 5 months 2 weeks ago Anupam

Links to Quintessential Media Player and Songbird are dead.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 5 months 2 weeks ago Panzer

"... Serenity Audio Player is a simple, clean and lightweight audio player. It uses Windows codecs without a hefty interface ...":

http://www.malsmith.net/serenity/

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Get A Dark Theme For Google Chrome 5 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

NoSquint is a an excellent addition. :)

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Get A Dark Theme For Google Chrome 5 months 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

I find the NO SQUINT extention to be very useful. it offers a color palette for setting background themes plus you can also adjust zoom settings for both page and text.

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 5 months 2 weeks ago Anupam

Yes, it has become useless now. Better to look for alternatives.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 5 months 2 weeks ago paol

Thanx Rob..!

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 5 months 2 weeks ago dolly chaudhary

There is a reason why I bought a Mac, it was not to be one of the cool kids that wanted the best of the best. No it was because of the music production I do on it. Hours and hours sitting in front of my Mac copying, pasting, moving, deleting, hour after hour just beating on my Mac in a endless assault to get my work done. That is the key part, my work. I work from home, it is great, but even if it is from home it is still work and it still needs to get done. So my Mac, I have it because it is fast, gets the job done and comes back for more.
But what happens when it doesn't want to do those things anymore?
I move around massive amounts of information and yes even on the almighty Mac this can cause a problem after a while. Things fragment, programs get corrupted issues come up. My light speed Mac slows down to a crawl and all of the sudden I simply can not get any work done. Because I work from home there is no IT guy to call and ask to come fix it. No instead I have to figure out what is wrong. I am lucky, I did, but not after trying everything under the sun first and wasting countless hours looking for one program that can do what I needed instead of ten programs. One program to lead them all….okay that was a lame Lord of the rings reference, but that program was/is Detox My Mac. A simple to use program that did not just fix my issues, it put my Mac on overdrive again. A few clicks and my Mac was clean and ready to rock and roll again.
Read more here:- http://detox-my-mac.com?duhhf9265hskfhf98346

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Get This Ideal Tool To Improve Team Communication and Collaboration 5 months 2 weeks ago PhilR_SoT

I've used Slack for a couple of years as a community group I belong to uses it as standard.

It's OK as far as it goes, but it has one really irritating problem - there is NO way to print any conversation from the program itself - you have to copy and paste text into a word processor and print from there.

I have raised this several times with Slack, but they don't seem to realise that this is a real problem - and surely something which should have been included in the first version of the program.

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Change These 15 Default Settings To Increase Your Internet Privacy 5 months 2 weeks ago classicggma65

On most of my browsers I have Ghostery, AdBlock Plus or Ad Guard, HTTPS Everywhere and Cookie AutoDelete or Self-Destructing Cookies. Am now looking into the VPN options. However, the most I can do is cut down on trackers as they attach themselves like leeches, only more difficult to get off/away from. Every once in a great while I get something from cryptocurrency mining, but sonce I got the Cookies AutoDelete they seem to have disappeared...hopefully forever.

Ghostery has been great, especially since I can allow trackers site by site, stopping them on the rest. Ghostery tells you how many trackers are attaching themselves and who they are from. You can choose to not allow them across the board or to allow some for an individual site, but blocking all other sites. I do surveys and they love to track you, but will not allow you to do the surveys unless you allow their cookies. Thus the Cookie AutoDelete. That kicks in after I'm done with the surveys and I don't have to worry about the plethora of cookies following me.

Between surveys and petitions I have to allow some tracking...but nobody says the cookies have to stay after I leave the sites. I think the combo I have is doing a great job and the last step for me will be choosing the right VPN.

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Change These 15 Default Settings To Increase Your Internet Privacy 5 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

I like Privacy Badger, and with the EFF behind the add-on, it's a good tool. It's very easy to use.

I don't usually use it because it's primary focus is blocking trackers that don't respect the Do Not Track setting. It blocks most ads, though not as many as Disconnect or uBlock Origin. It's blocking is based on algorithms and behavior. It doesn't block bitcoin mining as far as I can tell. Add-ons like uBlock Origin make use of various lists that blacklist sites to block ads, stop tracking, and block bitcoin mining along with other methods to function. Privacy Badger doesn't encrypt your traffic as far as I can tell, which isn't an issue for you since you use a VPN.
 
It's not as aggressive (or as configurable) as uBlock and Ghostery. The EFF is not quite comfortable with the business models of Disconnect, Ghostery etc. (and indeed Ghostery did have an issue with sharing information which has since been resolved).
I'm fine with Disconnect's business model, having watched them since they released the first version some years ago.
uBlock Origin is open source and the developer refuses donations, making an ad based or financial gain model unlikely.

If you want something that is unobtrusive, easy to use (set it and forget it) blocks tracking, but doesn't necessarily block all ads, doesn't block sites bitcoin mining and doesn't encrypt your internet traffic, it's a good tool.

As usual, it comes down to preferences and wants - how a program or app fits with how you work and what you want it to do.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 5 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Looks interesting, I'll have a look at it.

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 5 months 2 weeks ago mekd

I use Effective File Search.
Though it has not been maintained for sometime it works just fine on Win10 and below.
It is fast, low on resources, does not use indexing and can search within documents.
http://www.sowsoft.com/search.htm

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Change These 15 Default Settings To Increase Your Internet Privacy 5 months 2 weeks ago Aninnymous

What is your impression of the relative utility of Privacy Badger from the Electronic Frontier Foundation versus your current configuration. Seems to be a useful tool from a reliable known source. Nothing fancy or complicated, but that seems a plus to me and I use a VPN as a matter of course. Disconnect / Ghostery seem more complicated than required to do a basic job and Trace could be a winner once the bugs are fixed.

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Increase Your Browsing Speed And Privacy With Ghostery 5 months 2 weeks ago Aninnymous

Bah, ignore the above comment - the link now redirects to Ghostery !

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Change These 15 Default Settings To Increase Your Internet Privacy 5 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

I wouldn't install Disconnect and Ghostery at the same time, they have similar functionality. It could cause some page loading or page functioning problems. I would use one or the other. I prefer Disconnect over Ghostery because over the years I've had trouble with Ghostery with page loading and function, but both are good. Most people have no trouble with  Ghostery, it could be due to other add-ons. Sometimes add-ons interfere with each other.
I would install HTTPS Everywhere.

I have HTTPS Everywhere, Disconnect, uBlock Origin and Social Disconnect Plus on my browsers.

Trace is also good but still in beta - still some hiccups. Good for those of us who like messing with new things and don't mind things not working perfectly out of the box.

Overall I haven't noticed any slowdown in browsing speed. Page load times are faster for me with ad blocking and tracking add-ons. I use a browser with no add-ons to view pages I'm thinking of writing up, and there's a quite noticeable difference in load times on the ads blocked verses the no ads blocked pages. There are some sites I won't write up because the advertising is so intrusive and eats so much bandwidth, especially ones with animated ads.
A little more here on that: Why Are People Using Ad Blockers? Ads Can Eat Up To 79% Of Mobile Data Allotments | Techdirt
The data is old but gives you an idea of how much internet bandwidth advertising uses up. On slow connections or if you have small data caps like me, the load times can be very slow and ads can really chew up a data allowance.

Keeping a back up of add-ons is great idea. Another way to get XPI files directly is by right clicking on "Add To Firefox" on the add-on page and choosing "Save Link As". It will download the XPI file to your device.
You can install add-ons after they are downloaded using the add-on manager, clicking the gear icon and choosing "Install Add-on From File" or you can can drag and drop an XPI file directly into the Add-ons Manager.
Downloading them makes it easier to reinstall them when you're doing a clean install and, as you do, have them as a back up.
I download XPI files into a folder on my hard drive labeled (ever so creatively) XPI files. :)
If you need a previous version, go the add-on page and in the "More Information" section, Under Version History, choose "see all versions". That will bring up all previous versions of an add-on.

      

 

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Change These 15 Default Settings To Increase Your Internet Privacy 5 months 2 weeks ago Australia

Thank you for such an invaluable and essential privacy utility collection !
A few questions Im sure a lot of people are asking
- should we install several of these browser addons, in other words is more better, or is one sufficient ?
(I have installed both 'Disconnect' and 'Ghostery')
- is there any disadvantage in installing more than one (for example, slowing down internet browsing) ?
- do these addons consistently speed up browser viewing, or is the overall effect negligible ?

For more advanced users, when installing these browser addons, often the installation process doesnt allow you to see the actual plugin file (.xpi)
- I used Firefox, installed the addon, then used Everything or Swiftsearch, searching for "*.xpi"
- this allowed me to find the actual plug in file, which I then copied and saved in case I need a backup of that plugin

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NexusFont 5 months 3 weeks ago Remah

When NexusFont is running all fonts are available to applications. So you don't have to temporarily load and unload them yourself because NexusFont does this automatically.

See the NexusFont help page under the Basic heading:

You can see installed fonts or fonts(not installed) in folders in NexusFont.

Fonts can be managed by folders and sets. And folders are managed by groups.

If you want to see fonts in a folder, add a group first and add folders contain fonts to a group.
Then select a group or a folder in a library pane. If you select a group, all fonts in folders of a group will be listed.

* When you see fonts in NexusFont, even though fonts are not installed, those fonts are available in all other programs.
If you close NexusFont, all fonts not installed are not available anymore in all other programs.

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Best Free Font Manager 5 months 3 weeks ago Remah

If you try NexusFont (it only runs on Windows) on Windows 10 and the scanning of font folders and collections is slow (e.g. more than a second or two with only a handful of fonts) then disable the Windows Font Cache Service (FontCache):

Open Task Manager. You can right-click on the Task Bar or Start Menu and select Task Manager.
Select Services tab to see running services.
If FontCache is running then right-click and select Open Services (alternatively run services.msc).
Find Windows Font Cache Service then right-click and select Properties.
Change Startup Type to Disabled
The Service Status should be Running so change it to Stop

 

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Best Free Font Manager 5 months 3 weeks ago Remah

I tried using a Fontbase which is multiplatform (Windows, Mac, Linux) and has a free option. Despite glowing recommendations, I rapidly uninstalled it because the free product is full of basic problems including the following:

  • Necessary features are not available for free use, e.g. FontBase does not allow the viewing of all glyphs/characters in a typeface.
  • I couldn't use the keyboard for most simple actions.
  • Folders too limited: You can copy in font folders but they wouldn't update when other fonts were added to the folders; If you recopy the folder to reflect the updated font files then FontBase created a copy; I couldn't rename the folders
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25 Free Mouse Cursor Themes You Can Use 5 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Thanks, that's what I ran into when I went to install them and was going to run the file as ADMIN next and post results here. Now I don't have to. :)

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25 Free Mouse Cursor Themes You Can Use 5 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Exactly. :)

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25 Free Mouse Cursor Themes You Can Use 5 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

It's good to check files before installing them.
The cursor sets are hosted in several different places. Not all are .exe files. Usually they are an .inf files with the cursors, that's what you see when the file is unzipped, so I wouldn't discount all the cursor sets for that reason.
If you are interested in the cursor set, this looks like the same one, with no .exe file:
Transparent Chrome Glass Set Cursor

I usually test files at more than one site like VirusTotal and run it through the malware program on my system. There's a set of cursors that I've been using for over ten years. The file that's on the site now and the file I downloaded years ago are the same. VirusTotal throws up two flags on the file. I wrote those cursors up in an article here, and many people downloaded them and used them. I know there's no malware in that program.
If I wanted to write up those cursors today, I couldn't do it, because VirusTotal threw up two false positives, and we here at Gizmo's Freeware don't post anything that VirusTotal tags as possibly containing malware. VirusTotal throws false positives at times. I would guess the same is true for similar sites. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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25 Free Mouse Cursor Themes You Can Use 5 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy They are not 'positive hits' but generic (see your antivirus user guide for an explanation of this classification type), and all from obscure sources. Because none of the established security labs flag this, it is safe to assume the file is non malicious but everyone is free to choose otherwise if they so wish. MC - Site Manager. view
25 Free Mouse Cursor Themes You Can Use 5 months 3 weeks ago beergas

Thanks a lot. Very jazzy looks. RUN AS ADMIN the main .exe file once it's extracted from d/l else the popup of temp files will fail saying can't find location. Using ADMIN method puts in the location that Windows OS uses for cursors & the mouse app will auto pop open & use browse to fetch the Crystal folder (or your selected choices of d/l) & select cursor (s) as wish.
Getting couple others. Appreciate the see-through & animated ones. Malwarebytes & Windows Defender haven't barfed. Lot of user comments at the site and they seem Ok, just asking for help mainly. If any virus activity it should have been mentioned several times. yrmv

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