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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 months 3 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 4 months 3 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 4 months 3 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 4 months 3 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 4 months 3 weeks ago Anupam

Links to Quintessential Media Player and Songbird are dead.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 4 months 3 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 4 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

NoSquint is a an excellent addition. :)

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Get A Dark Theme For Google Chrome 4 months 3 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 4 months 3 weeks ago Anupam

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 4 months 3 weeks ago paol

Thanx Rob..!

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 4 months 3 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 4 months 3 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 4 months 3 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 4 months 3 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 4 months 3 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 4 months 3 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 4 months 3 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 4 months 3 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 4 months 3 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 4 months 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 months 4 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 4 months 4 weeks ago rhiannon

Exactly. :)

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25 Free Mouse Cursor Themes You Can Use 4 months 4 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 4 months 4 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 4 months 4 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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25 Free Mouse Cursor Themes You Can Use 4 months 4 weeks ago pctyson

I downloaded the "Chrome Glass" set. The file was a rar archive. I uncompressed the file with 7zip. The file uncompressed to ChromeGlass.exe. I ran ChromeGlass.exe through virus total and it came up with 5 positive hits. I will NOT be installing any of these.

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How to Know If Your Computer Is Infected 4 months 4 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Many thanks for pointing this out. The link has now been updated. MC - Site Manager view
How to Know If Your Computer Is Infected 4 months 4 weeks ago rolandflorida

The link in the article for Comodo Cleaning Essentials leads to an old version from 2012. I am not sure if this is due to the article not being maintained or if that version is the preferred one.

The latest version is available from here (there is also some helpful information there)
https://help.comodo.com/topic-119-1-328-3523-Downloading-Comodo-Cleaning-Essentials.html

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 4 months 4 weeks ago rhiannon

Wizmouse runs fine on my Windows 10 installation. It was an upgrade, not a clean install, so Wizmouse was already installed and continues to work.

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 4 months 4 weeks ago rhiannon

That or Astrogrep are good. :)

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 4 months 4 weeks ago kastaldi

you could use GrepWin for searching text inside files, it's very powerful

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 5 months 1 hour ago HisSon

I forgot about WizMouse. I used to use that for a long time in the past but it's no longer on this computer. Went to their website and it doesn't show WizMouse for Win 10. :-(

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 5 months 1 hour ago gizmofan1248

This WiseCleaner 'suite' looks interesting. Has it (or some of the programs in it) been reviewed here at Gizmo's?

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 5 months 3 hours ago rhiannon

Not every piece of software works for every single person. What works for one, doesn't always fit with the way another person works, or someone might use more than one piece of software that does the same thing. From where I sit, the goal is to offer alternatives that people might find useful or that they like better than what they are using now. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

As to it not being FOSS, that's not a concern with software from this developer for me. I've been using their software for many, many years. Not all developers want to open their code, for various valid reasons.

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 5 months 3 hours ago pecarroll

I also use Everything and am amazed at how all-encompassing it is. If I type the word "ass" in the search box it'll come up with 2,000 instances of those 3 letters, either at the beginning, middle, or end of it's results.

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 5 months 4 hours ago rhiannon

Everything by voidtools is what I've been using for years. :)

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 5 months 4 hours ago rhiannon

I'm glad you liked it. :)

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 5 months 4 hours ago Gibbs.Slap

Thanks for the great review...

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 5 months 4 hours ago Jerry Rhino

Wise JetSearch is my fav for many reasons including it is portable and works on FAT hard drives. Check it out: https://www.wisecleaner.com/wise-jetsearch.html. This company has quite a few freeware programs which I regularly use on my own and the dozens of computers I repair.

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 5 months 4 hours ago jonbourne

Why would one use this over Everything, which is an FOSS? You don't know what they are doing with the contents they index behind the scenes.

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 5 months 6 hours ago gizmofan1248

Thanks!
I use Everything and find it excellent - it is not slow in loading if you in the Options set it up to run at Windows start. (Well, it may be slow, but at the time you want to use it, it is ready and very quick).

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 5 months 6 hours ago rhiannon

Good overview, thanks.
I did notice that WizFile is more resource intensive, but I don't typically use it for long so that's not an issue on my system. Everything by voidtools is my everyday go to program. I haven't used Swift Search, I'll check it out. :)

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 5 months 6 hours ago rhiannon

It searches network shares, it doesn't search for words in files. I've used all the programs you mention, all are good ones. :)

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 5 months 15 hours ago Australia

I have used all the mentioned file search free utilities
They all do the essentially the same thing - list all the files by name, that reside on your computers drives

- Everything
- Hddb
- Swiftsearch
- Wizfile
- Ultrasearch

Wizfile is very fast, and searches your entire computer. The problem is that it is resource intensive. Check task manager or a related utility after you have run Wizfile. On my computer, Wizfiles has a 350MB footprint, when I tested it today

Swiftsearch is the utility that I recommend.
I like that you can just search in one drive, for example an external drive you have connected to your computer
Another advantage, is that it has half the memory requirement as Wizfile, 153MB footprint, when I tested it today
Google:
https sourceforge.net projects swiftsearch

'Everything' is fine and has been around for years,
The advantage Everything has it is it not as resource intensive s the other two. It used 38MB memory when I ran it today, which is a great advantage !
However, Everything is very slow to load when you first open it, as it scans your computer
I prefer a utility to be ready without delay, as soon as it is started, and both SwiftSearch and Wizfiles are fast to start up

I do find over time that some of these file search utlities stop working on your own computer setup/configuation, so if this is the case see if the latest version available works for you
Hddb for example was excellent, but it stopped working on my computer

Unless I am mistaken, none of these programs can search for certain text within a file
When someone finds the utility that can do fast file searchs (like Wizfile, SwiftSearch), AND can also search for files which contain specific text, then that will be an awesome find !

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 5 months 18 hours ago kendall.a

Does WizFile search for words within files?  Personally, that's the type of program that I like to use.  Also, does it search network shares?  In other words, can it search across a network environment?  This is a very useful feature in a work environment.  For those purposes, I still like Everthing, Agent Ransack, and Locate32; even though they may be older programs.

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 5 months 20 hours ago rhiannon

WizFile is strictly a search tool...it doesn't have the other functions of WizTree like finding large files and visualizing disk space. WizTree is closer to a disk space analyzer like WinDirStat. WizTree also doesn't support search operators or filters. Similar, but not the same functionality in both. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 5 months 1 day ago hpearce

Wiztree is already an application by the same company with slightly different interface and version numbers.

This is confusing

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Best Free Software for Linux 5 months 1 day ago Panzer "... Plotinus - a searchable command palette in every modern GTK+ application...": https://github.com/p-e-w/plotinus/blob/master/README.md "... Znx... Linux distribution deployer and updater. Atomic and differential updates...": https://github.com/Nitrux/znx view
LastPass Not Working in Firefox? It's Not Just You 5 months 2 days ago rhiannon

Thanks for those suggestions. That might be a good fix for some people, a corrupt profile can cause problems.
In that time frame uninstalled and did a clean reinstall of Firefox (not restoring the profile - I wiped everything then added bookmarks, add-ons and search plug-ins one at a time) and still had the problem.

I was having the same issue with two out of three up-to-date Chrome based browsers so I was tending towards it being a Last Pass issue. The issue got sorted with updated releases of Last Pass in the Chrome based browsers but not with Firefox.
 

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LastPass Not Working in Firefox? It's Not Just You 5 months 2 days ago Nodrog

Hi Rhiannon

I have an update on LastPass issues which may be relevant to this thread. A week or so ago LP stopped remembering my sign-in email and preferences but this turned out to be a corrupted Firefox profile and not in fact a LP problem. There were threads on the LP forum on this particular issue but none were recent and when I checked on my spare laptop - which is rarely used but updated and set up to be as near identical to the main one as possible - LP was working normally.

I had also occasionally had problems with being signed out of the Ghostery extension and with Firefox restoring an older session instead of the last one when restarted which led me to the corrupt profile conclusion so I removed all traces of Firefox using Revo's advanced setting then re-installed it. I signed into my FF account - which incidentally now offers 2-factor authentication - to set everything up again and now after a week all is still working normally. LastPass is now version 4.13.1.10 on my device.

I realise some users may blanch at the idea of deleting their profile and setting up again from scratch but if you sync with a Firefox account, export settings files in advance from add-ons which allow that, like Ghostery and Imagus in my case, ready to import to the new installation it doesn't really take that long and in my view the refresh is worth it.

Hope this helps.

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LastPass Not Working in Firefox? It's Not Just You 5 months 2 days ago rhiannon

I agree. I haven't updated it just yet because so many people are still reporting issues at the Last Pass site and the add-on site at Mozilla.
I haven't tried Dashlane or 1Pass.
 

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LastPass Not Working in Firefox? It's Not Just You 5 months 2 days ago Rolast

Just read this, and although a bit old, it's good advice. I have Win 7.Updated from 4.2 to 4.71 and turned off updates.

If you look at LP's forum, you'll see that this program has become very buggy, and the new owners, LogMeIn, aren't keeping up with the fixes.
https://forums.lastpass.com/viewforum.php?f=12&sid=f6c6bcdd34218ba2d65f9a582d4478d4&start=25

Every time I update, as little as possible BTW, I'm aware I can be trading old bugs for new. I run LP and Dashlane at the same time, because they're both buggy. Until I find a PW manager that's not.

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Microsoft Image Composite Editor 5 months 3 days ago nbl

I use ICE for a long time now and use it mainly to improve view angle of my pictures. Creates great panoramas. Has great auto completion.

The pictures made with a smartphone are not that great by themselves, but taking a few in a one place and stitching them together afterwards creates images with so much better quality. The auto complete works insanely good, easily fills in gaps like trees, clouds, water or even parts of buildings (sic).

IMHO creates panoramas better than google photos.

The downsides are that you need to think about it when taking the photos because it requires multiple pictures from the exact same location. Also occasional artifacts in the result picture, when parts are taken from multiple images.

Highly recommend. Free tool with excellent possibilities.

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15 Ways To Backup Gmail 5 months 5 days ago rhiannon

I'm happy you like it. :)

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15 Ways To Backup Gmail 5 months 5 days ago Frank D

A very useful article. Thank you.

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How To Stop "Unsupported Hardware" Message In Windows 7 and 8.1 5 months 5 days ago rhiannon

I'm glad you like it. :)

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 5 months 5 days ago rhiannon

I only do a clean install when there's a significant or security update.
I usually copy my profile over to a new installation. :)

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 5 months 5 days ago Anupam

That's what I do too :D.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 5 months 5 days ago Yankiwi

Wow! I certainly understand the value of a fresh installation, but given Firefox's breakneck pace of updates, you must be reinstalling FF about once every week or so! Do you likewise reinstall all your add-ons? If so, I probably wouldn't get all of my add-ons reinstalled before the next FF update came along and I'd have to start all over again. :)

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How To Stop "Unsupported Hardware" Message In Windows 7 and 8.1 5 months 5 days ago godel

Excellent find.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 5 months 6 days ago rhiannon

The other thing I do that keeps Firefox zippy is a clean install when there's a version upgrade. :)

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 5 months 6 days ago rhiannon

Two I've had consistent issues with over the years that are still in the Firefox add-on site are Ghostery and WOT. Most people don't have any issues with either of them so I'm not sure how useful a list would be because much depends on what add-ons you have installed and browser configuration. I normally make changes to the Firefox "about:config" settings too. They are both good add-ons and both work fine in in Chrome based browsers for me.

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Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility 5 months 6 days ago timfisher

I have used Bitwar Data Recovery,30 days free trial with no spyware,malware,completely virus free.
Worth a shot.

https://www.bitwar.net/data-recovery-software/ 

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 5 months 6 days ago i8spombots

DO NOT INSTALL FREEMAKE, it has become a honeytrap.

"Freemake Video Converter has been my go to converter for quite a while but unfortunately it now watermarks the entire converted video as well as adding splash screens before and after." So says pipso-facto's post and it is spot on.

I'd had purposely avoided updating Freemake for ages - rarely do conversions. When I opened it today I was presented with what looked like a "must update" message note I DID NOT VERIFY I HAD TO so I updated. Immediately Malwatebytes and Comodo complained (Open Candy for one thing). Anyway dodged around a bit and it installed anyway.

So now I had nag prompts and a threat to watermark so "you're gone now ASAP" is the only possible reply.

REVO uninstall on full on setting has hopefully killed every bit of it...the Freemaker builtin uninstall of course left a lot of nasty looking stuff behind that REVO located. Used Everything to search for anything branded Freemake...there were still a few objects. They are now gone as well.

It is a shame as it was a handy tool.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 5 months 6 days ago Yankiwi

Hi, Rhiannon,

You said that "There are some add-ons I don't use in Firefox because they interfere with performance, and have consistently done so over a period of years." For those of us who find the function of Firefox to be degenerating and problematic at times, it would be great if you could provide the names of the FF add-ons on your "blacklist," as such a list might help us to troubleshoot our own FF issues. Perhaps an idea for another post? ;-)

Cheers

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Make Your Google Drive Or FTP Site Work Like Any Windows Drive 5 months 6 days ago patels

There is a free alternative http://rei.to/carotdav_en.html#download, which is safe according to virustotal.
You can mount these drives assigning a drive letter too.

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Best Troubleshooting Sites 5 months 6 days ago arkid

If you've got a Bluetooth problem I found www.bluetoothdoctor.com useful for sharing tips and getting help from others.

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How To Stop "Unsupported Hardware" Message In Windows 7 and 8.1 5 months 6 days ago rhiannon

You're welcome. :)
 

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EssentialPIM 5 months 6 days ago Longhand

Constant access violations, must be constantly prodded to do its job. Not worth the effort . . .

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Pimero 5 months 6 days ago Longhand

Free to use for thirty days, but at the end of that time you must purchase a license or uninstall. Too bad, it sounded like a great opportunity!

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How To Stop "Unsupported Hardware" Message In Windows 7 and 8.1 5 months 1 week ago classicggma65

Thanx for this one...I am still learning Win7 and not in the mood to switch to Win10 until MS gets its stuff together. Am considering a partition and putting Linux on there...or just using a USB for it. So much to learn about it all, but MS and it's forcing Win7 users to its baby Win10 is too much to accept.

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How To Stop "Unsupported Hardware" Message In Windows 7 and 8.1 5 months 1 week ago rhiannon

You're welcome. :)
Microsoft states the blocking is due to performance issues with certain processors. My laptop runs faster with Windows 10 than it did with Windows 8.1, which is the version it shipped with.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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How To Stop "Unsupported Hardware" Message In Windows 7 and 8.1 5 months 1 week ago J_L

Thanks @rhiannon. While I am using Windows 10 on older hardware, I appreciate that Wufuc now makes the opposite possible. Viva la true compatibility, not that artificial blocking crap.

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Best VPN Services for 2018 5 months 1 week ago rolandflorida

There was an article at TorrentFreak on Private Internet Access and their no logging policy. They were called to produce records in a hacking case in the USA and stated that the only records they keep are the email addresses users use to sign up. They did not produce any records for the case (as they had none).

So it looks like they stand by their no logging claim.
https://torrentfreak.com/private-internet-access-no-logging-claims-proven-true-again-in-court-180606/

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Wallpaper of the Week: Volcanic Lava Close Up 5 months 1 week ago rhiannon

Thanks for the clarification. :)
 

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Easily Convert YouTube Videos To MP3's For Free 5 months 1 week ago rhiannon

I'm glad you like it. :)
That's one of the things I like about this program...the interface is easy to use.

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Easily Convert YouTube Videos To MP3's For Free 5 months 1 week ago 4sure5

I've just started reviewing my favourite music and this was easy to set up and use(I'm not an expert tech). The results are just what I was hoping for to fill in the odd piece I was missing. Thanks!

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Wallpaper of the Week: Volcanic Lava Close Up 5 months 1 week ago SimpleMikey

Both are beautiful images, and I appreciate you pointing them out to us, as always.
Correction: Lava doesn't dry. It only solidifies as it cools.

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Easily Convert YouTube Videos To MP3's For Free 5 months 1 week ago gizmoBerniecc

The best online service I know for this purpose is http://convert2mp3.net/en/
You may convert & download youtube files to multiple audio/ video formats.

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Best Free Instant Messaging Client 5 months 1 week ago Hobit

Public IM clients like Miranda - is a good solution, but it's not secured. Your messages and files are saved in the cloud, on a foreign server, but you can’t control it. This is a very bad practice for enterprise instant messaging and collaboration.

I would like to read about messengers, which works within enterprise network, without the Internet connection. Of cause, you can use Jabber servers, but it’s very difficult to configure of Openfire and etc. The best way is to get a ready-made solution, without excessive "manual" work, like MyChat - https://nsoft-s.com/en/index.html

Also, it's free for using up to 20 online users :)

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Best Free Software for Linux 5 months 1 week ago Panzer

"... Skrifa - a simple word processor built with web technologies ...": https://skrifa.xyz/ https://github.com/Skrifa/Skrifa

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Best Free PC Games 5 months 1 week ago kevinchandra8080

poker88 https://poker88.site

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Using Google Chrome Browser? Update Now 5 months 1 week ago J_L

All major OS other than Android, iOS, and Chrome OS... Duly noted.

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Free Firefox Add-in Let's you Know Who's Tracking You 5 months 1 week ago Freeloader

Ghostery has now become a tracker! In their new "Privacy Policy", they will be using data collected to serve up ads.

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How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns 5 months 1 week ago Freeloader

Ghostery has now become a tracker! In their new "Privacy Policy", they will be using data collected to serve up ads.

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Increase Your Browsing Speed And Privacy With Ghostery 5 months 1 week ago Freeloader

Ghostery has now become a tracker! In their new "Privacy Policy", they will be using data collected to serve up ads.

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Using Google Chrome Browser? Update Now 5 months 1 week ago rhiannon

Thanks for the heads up - when I checked the portable version at several sites yesterday it hadn't been updated to the latest version so I didn't link to it in the article. Good to see it's been updated. :)

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Using Google Chrome Browser? Update Now 5 months 1 week ago abrandt

Much appreciate the heads-up!

I updated with latest version:

Google Chrome PORTABLE Offline Installer v. 67.0.3396.79 64-bit
OS 64-bit: Windows 10/8.1/8/7
https://www.chrome-portable.com/index.php/google-chrome-offline-installer

THX. ~ Alan

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Using Google Chrome Browser? Update Now 5 months 1 week ago rhiannon

You're welcome. :)

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