Picasa photo editing software

My computer was hacked about a month ago and all my programs were uninstalled, including my basic freeware program for photo editing, Picasa. All programs are now reinstalled, but when I went to reinstall Picasa, I found that it had been "deleted" by Google (and the new Google software has no 'tools' and is totally useless). Is there any safe way I can download Picasa (from a safe source) so that I can continue to use it (for quick/basic publicity photography)? I understand Picasa/Google will not 'support' it anymore (send patches or updates), but when I googled "Picasa", there were hundreds of links (and their related drivers) by which I could download it. However, I don't want to download it from an un-safe site, since I don't want to infect my computer with viruses or malware again. It's like reinstalling Windows 8.1 (instead of 10): Picasa still exists but Google wants everyone to go to their new photo software site, which is useless for me. How do I get my Picasa back? If not possible, is there any freeware that's comparable that I can use? (I use Ribbet for artistic/abstract photos and am learning Gimp, since I can't afford to pay for any new software right now; so I need to find a really good basic, free photo editing software that it as easy to use and has all the tools that Picasa did....or, preferably, safely download Picasa.)

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Clarification Request
Depending on your computer, there is DEFINITELY...

If you can make some clarifications (and it seems there is a good chance of this) on what kind of computer you have, there is definitely a chance for you to get your old "original" program back. I have personal experience (and success) doing this for myself (retrieving an old "out of copy" program that came with my computer). As you said that you had this program pre-installed, I think you have the right kind of computer to make this happen. Let me know...(if not, I wish you all the luck)

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I wish I could edit/add my post...

I just wanted to "clarify" my "clarification request" post... when I mean "original", I mean "exact & original"... Just wanted that noted...

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Reply to finding a way to download Picasa

The Picasa program (which I use generally for basic photo editing (not "artistic") was downloaded from its original website by at a tech person several years ago, who was fixing some problems with my computer (a desktop HP (Envy), which runs Windows 8.1). I don't have the original disc for Picasa; I just need to re-install the program from a safe website (since the new Google site is awful). Some other people suggested complicated ways (for me, not a computer nerd) to try to find the 'hidden' program somewhere on my computer, but if there is an easy and fast way to reinstall Picasa without the original disc, I'd love to know. Otherwise, I'll try out (in a few days) the "finding the original program somewhere on my computer" system. Thanks to all for the suggestions. (When I want to to "abstract/artistic" photo editing, I use Ribbet (and am trying to learn Gimp, since I can't afford to purchase any software and need to find freeware).

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Clarification Request
So did you try to install Picasa?
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I'm afraid Picasa is gone.

But look for imaging software at that's a safe site with no "extras".

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What kind of "Photo editing?"

Picasa was never, primarily, a photo editor. So, I assume you were using it for fairly basic tasks, like cropping, gamma/contrast adjustment, etc? For those kinds of tasks, I've been using Irfanview for years. Very fast. Very simple for just those kinds of tasks. It does have a batch mode, if you have some basic tasks that you need to apply to a bunch of photos. Albeit, it's a bit convoluted to use.

For general editing, I'm a big fan of Paint.NET. I find it far, far easier to use than Gimp. The authors of Gimp just think of photos differently than I do. Paint.NET isn't always as straight forward as programs I've used in the past, but it fits my needs a lot better than Gimp. And, there's an active following,. So, there are many addons and plenty of help available on their forum.

Drake Christensen

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What I use and where I get it.
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Safe places to get software

Hi lauramartha,

You are absolutely correct by wanting to be very careful where you get your freeware from as there are too many sites out there that truly will infest your computer with malware of whatever type...all of which are quite nasty.

However, there ARE relatively safe places to get software from, too. I learned a very long time ago to go to the site of the original publisher to get programs from. I try to make sure that all of the software that I use has that option, including and especially my 'armor-ware' (i.e.: antivirus, anti-malware, and third party firewall, etc.). Only if a site redirects me to download.cnet dot com do I go ahead and download it from there. But, if that does happen I still do so with caution.

In addition to your armor-ware there are tools that you can add to your browser that will help you protect your computer from bad sites. One such tool that I feel is a MUST HAVE is WOT (Web of Trust) from mywot dot com. WOT (Web of Trust) is available for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. It's quite easy to use and it only takes a minute or two of reading what other users have to say to determine the status of the site.

All of the software that is mentioned here and on your other forum can be found by doing a search for them. But, please install WOT (Web of Trust) FIRST so you can have a guide during all of your searches from now on.

Now to a decent free photo editor for you. I would suggest that you look at the list here: to see what you can find that you can learn live with since Google has seen fit to do away with Picasa. This is one of the plethora of reasons why I refuse to use software that requires an internet connection to use it. I always find a program that can be used as a stand-alone program ON MY computer, rather than parts of all of it on the cloud.

I hesitate in suggesting this, again for a myriad of reasons, not the least of which because of Google's way of doing things, but until you find a REPLACEMENT for Picasa, you can get it from File Hippo dot com. But, understand that this may invite unwanted things onto your computer that you don't want. I did download it from there without my armor-ware crying. But, I haven't installed it. So, I don't know how the installer acts during installation. If you choose this route, during installation pay extremely close attention to each and every step of that process to choose not to install any extras should they be present (...a good practice with ALL software, anyway.)

AND, again, if you choose to go ahead and get and install Picasa, then by all means find that replacement for Picasa and install that, in addition to the Picasa, so you can learn how and get used to using that and then eventually give up and UNINSTALL Picasa altogether. There is no sense in having a program on your computer that has the ability to connect to the internet if it is not absolutely necessary (such as antivirus and/or anti-malware). That just gives nefarious parties such as viruses, mal-warez and hackers a conduit to invade your computer and your life.

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Alternative to Picasa

Hi Lauramartha. This might be late getting to you by a couple of days, I was trying to log in on another browser and it wasn't working.
Anyway, I had used Picasa for a long time and had come to rely on it for basic photo editing and printing. I never tried to go with Google Photos when they cut off support for Picasa, too irritated, but I looked for another photo editing program. Have you tried Most of my photo editing needs are quite basic, and for those, Helicon fills the bill for me. I like it. I never plan to post any photos, they're for my use only, and this app works fine. There is a free version, which I'm using, and a paid version that I don't need. If you haven't settled on anything yet, you might give Helicon a try. If possible, let me know what you think.

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Correction to Helicon response

I goofed. I posted a response suggesting you try Helicon, but gave you the wrong website. The correct website to address is Sorry for the confusion, my fault. Good luck!

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A good list
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where's your photos?

" Where can I find my photos?
If you have photos or videos in a Picasa Web Album, the easiest way to still access, modify and share most of that content is to log in to Google Photos. Your photos and videos will already be there. "

It's still available to those of us who use Linux in our repository. I just checked using the Package Manager.

"Image management application from Google

Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all
the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it
automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and
sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will
recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to
create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always

Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes
and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap
to share your pictures - you can email, print photos, make gift CDs, post
pictures on your blog, and even share your photos online with Picasa Web

GIMP is freeware and also available for Windows. It's the premier image program for Linux uses, but has also been compiled to work in windows.

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Just a tip.

If you download an program, include the setup/installer in your regular backup. Then you always re-install it from there, even if it's no longer available on the net.

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Here Is The REAL Answer

I guess the OP wasn't interested in learning the answer (he never answered my [or anyone's] clarification)...

For those of you who are having the same issue, there is a high probability that you can get the same exact original software; it depends on your machine -- It depends on if you bought your machine retail and/or pre-built.

If you have bought your machine (from a store or manufacturer's website), there's a great chance that the program is still somewhere in your system; via recovery partition, recovery CDs/DVDs, even from the manufacturer's website itself!

For VAIOs (which Sony has discontinued making; so doubtful this will directly relate to many of you), when you receive your computer, there are either CDs/DVDs in the box, or it urges you to create them. Usually one will be the operating system (Windows), the second would be the pre-installed programs! And that's where you need to check. 

If it is a newer computer, most likely there is no rescue discs but rescue partitions. Most of the time they are hidden and/or inaccessible under regular cases. (This is why I asked the OP what machine he had; so I could write out a specific set of instructions for OP's machine) Usually it is in a disc image (.wim, .img, etc.) and you will have to somewhat load and extract it; 7zip and WinRAR are great tools for this. In one case of mine, I actually had to load the recovery disc to activate the rescue partition! In most cases, though, you can "unhide" and access those partitions through Window's tool Disk Management (in Control Panel, System and Security, Administrative Tools, Computer Management) or other partition software (my personal favorite is Paragon Partition or Hard Disk Manager). In most cases, you can right-click on the hidden/secret partition, mark it active or similar, and then assign it a drive letter. In some cases, the files will remain hidden because you must enable yourself to see hidden folder/files in the "folder options", or change the permissions to include yourself. (DISCLAIMER: BE SURE TO REMEMBER TO UNDO EVERYTHING YOU DID TO ACCESS THIS RESCUE PARTITION)Then, you might find the installation/execution file to install, or you might have the situation where you will have to load and extract the installation/program you've lost.
Another case of accessing a rescue partition would be to enter into recovery mode from POST or BIOS (usually, right when you turn your computer on, you press F2 or F11 or Del or Tab or some combination of those), and somewhere in that recovery mode might be an option to install some/all of the original pre-installed programs.

Lastly, you can check your machine's website. Do this: In the Start menu, search for "system information" and open that. Right there on the first page there should be information saying System Model (ex. 2359CTO). Now google search your model number with the word support ("2359CTO support"). Navigate through the website and try to find "drivers", "utilities", "software", or "updates". You may find it right there under its own name. If not, try to find something that may say "original" software, or installation package/suite which is a bunch of programs that may have come included.

Using these methods makes it a great chance to get your original version software back. I've been successful with this many times. I needed to do that on my Lenovo recently, had to unhide (the folders) and change permissions of my rescue partition, open up the .wim file and got my version software. In VAIO's, I've had to load up one CD that actually gave the option to install whatever software (individually or bulk) initially came with the VAIO. One VAIO simply had a rescue partition, but would only appear/activate after putting in the rescue cd. In a lot of cases, though, I was able to find them at the manufacturer's website. They tend to keep certain drivers and programs up to only a certain version because things become obsolete and/or undeveloped past a certain point.

In the end, these options are still pretty generic and apply in an umbrella sort of way. That's why I asked the OP for his specific manufacturer and model, because these options are really case-by-case basis. But these give the best chance to get the particular program that may have been left behind on the internet. 
Good luck to you guys...I hope this helped...

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Didn't try yet!

Myself didn't try Picasa yet. Myself mostly use Illustrator and Photoshop. But I am not quite sure can I get better service if I use Picasa?

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Picasa has been discontinued

That's the subject of this thread. And, it is not in any way a replacement for Illustrator nor Photoshop. It has only rudimentary editing capabilities. The main use of Picasa was as a photo organizer, along with an integrated web repository.

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