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I always like finding out about useful software that i'm not using that might be of benefit so thought it might be a good idea, to recommend your favourite shareware, freeware and paid for software. Hopefully save you the hassle of installing and uninstalling crap and maybe even find some useful software along the way.

 

VLC - Excellent simple lightweight media player that can play pretty much everything you throw at it

 

CCleaner - Great program to clean computer

 

Gimp 2 - Useful freeware image editing software

 

Foxit Reader - Ligthweight PDF reader - much quicker than Acrobat

 

Spybot - Search & Destroy - Gets rid of unwanted spyware

 

Freestudio - Convert video and audio files to various formats. Also allows you to rip from Youtube to different formats

 

Cute PDF Writer - Allows you to convert files quickly into PDF format

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In addition to CC Cleaner (which you mention), I'm also running Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware (malwarebytes.org) to ferret out any other garbage that could infect the system.

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TrueCrypt - hard disc encryption software

 

KeePass - password safe

 

FileZilla - FTP client

 

Firefox - web browser

 

Gadwin PrintScreen - saves a copy of the screen as an image file

 

Google SketchUp - 3D drawing software

 

EditPad Lite - text editor

 

Irfanview - picture viewer

 

utorrent - bit torrent client

 

Media Player Classic - light on resources media player

 

I also use and can recommend CCleaner and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

 

All the above software is free.

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OpenOffice ( http://www.openoffice.org ) - Great replacement to Microsoft Office

 

Notepad Plus ( http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net ) - Upgrade to windows notepad, good for opening and managing many text based files

 

WinSCP - ( http://www.winscp.net ) - THE BEST Secure FTP Client in the world !!! Using anything else is just wrong.

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I like NoScript and have used it for over a year now...

 

A description from their website:

The NoScript Firefox extension provides extra protection for Firefox, Flock, Seamonkey and other mozilla-based browsers: this free, open source add-on allows JavaScript, Java and Flash and other plugins to be executed only by trusted web sites of your choice (e.g. your online bank), and provides the most powerful Anti-XSS protection available in a browser.

 

NoScript's unique whitelist based pre-emptive script blocking approach prevents exploitation of security vulnerabilities (known and even not known yet!) with no loss of functionality...

 

You can enable JavaScript, Java and plugin execution for sites you trust with a simple left-click on the NoScript status bar icon (look at the picture), or using the contextual menu, for easier operation in popup statusbar-less windows.

 

Also from the site:

Consider switching to the Firefox Web browser with the NoScript plug-in. NoScript selectively, and non-intrusively, blocks all scripts, plug-ins, and other code on Web pages that could be used to attack your system during visits
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ClamWin - Free Antivirus --- http://www.clamwin.com/

PuTTY - SSH client to connect to your Linux server --- http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/

ImgBurn- lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application --- http://www.imgburn.com/

Playchess client - play chess online --- http://www.playchess.com/

Audacity - software for recording and editing sounds --- http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

GoogleEarth ....

 

There is a lot of good stuff out there.

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LogMeIn free remote access software PC to PC or Server

 

Tor - The onion router - will hide your IP address for anonymous surfing in any browser. can also be linked to some bittorrent clients(slower tho) but anonymous

 

PeerGuardian2 - keep bittorrent data from being sent to your ISP or government or RIAA ( blocks any program from sending data from computer)(also blocks any fake bittorrent servers to stop them slowing down any downloads)

 

Advanced system care - removes spyware, cleans registry, check and fixes bad sectors, defrags, and many more with one click of monuse. (replaces about 3-4 other clean up programs)

malwarebytes - free anti malware(spyware adware etc) tool able to clean almost any bugger of a program!

 

VLC - already mentioned but brilliant so give it another.

 

Daemon tools - mount binary files so they are drives. no need to burn to a cd or dvd

 

COMODO firewall - free firewall very easy to use, very customisable to.

 

DVDshrink - copy any dvd to a blank disc (requires nero or other dvd writing software) but removes all region formattiong shrinks files and sound files so they fit on a 4.7GB disc

 

 

 

 

all these are available free altho use download.com so you get clean copies of the programs(no spyware attatched)

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I used to use "NetStubler" to look for WiFi networks, but it no longer worked for MS Vista.

Then I found this great wireless monitoring tool...

 

http://www.vistumbler.net/

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I got the recommendation here, for a good file shrinker for pic files.... FastStone. I use it a lot.

 

I also like PDF995, the free version. A good generator of PDF files. Takes what ever you need, acts like a printer, except instead of a piece of paper, you get a pdf file.

 

Very useful tool.

 

Been mentioned once here already, but I think merits a second mention.... Google Earth. and of course, FireFox instead of the clunky IE...

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PeerGuardian2 - keep bittorrent data from being sent to your ISP or government or RIAA ( blocks any program from sending data from computer)(also blocks any fake bittorrent servers to stop them slowing down any downloads)

 

 

 

PeerGuardian2 is no longer being maintained nor are its lists. You need to switch to Peerblock at this time. There is a lot written on the net about this now. Peerblock can be downloaded free--google it.

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A couple of apps I've found useful over the years (and that haven't been named above) are:

 

Agent Ransack

A great desktop search tool, much better than Windows Search

http://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/

 

Paint.net

A Windows based alternative for Gimp. Personally I prefer gimp, but Paint.Net is still a good tool.

http://www.getpaint.net/

 

Password safe

A nice little app to keep your passwords safe

http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net/

 

Thunderbird

Used to use this in an old company, it was still in version 2.0 when I used it. Nice app, good alternative to outlook.

http://en-gb.www.mozillamessaging.com/en-GB/thunderbird/

 

I'm a developer by trade so a lot of the tools I user are geared towards that, here are a few for you (just incase one of you is a dev as well).

 

HTTrack

Good web site ripping/downloading tool

http://www.httrack.com/

 

Tortoise SVN

Good version control app

http://tortoisesvn.tigris.org/

 

WinMerge

Compare two files for differences

http://winmerge.org/

 

Royal TS

An alternative for remote connections to a machine. I had a brief flirtation with this tool, would have been longer but the SysAdmin blocked it. I know a few of the server guys at the company I work for use it.

http://www.code4ward.net/main/RoyalTS/Overview.aspx

 

There are probably more I use, I haven't included any Firefox extensions.

 

If you're after an application it is worth having a look and seeing what is on sourceforge.org. A lot of open source apps there, although not all of them are useable.

 

Great thread!!!

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I've been using Avast free antivirus for a couple of years now and I would recommend it. I also use Comodo firewall, Spyware Blaster and Spybot S&D. All compatible with Windows 7 if you are running it.

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Some of my favourites are:

 

Opera browser (latest version is 10.1). I find that even Firefox v3 is a bit bloated these days and IE8 I don't bother with except for MS updates. I've just started using Opera on a friend's recommendation and I find it's very quick, even quicker than Firefox.

 

 

LimeWire - P2P sharing program (make sure you have anti-virus software installed BEFORE sharing any files P2P. There are some real bastards out there.........)

 

Smart Defrag - auto defragger

 

VLC Media player 

 

CCleaner and Free Registry Cleaner - both are good to clean out your computer and its registry.

 

 

Spybot - anti-trojan and anti-hijacking software

 

FastStone Photo Resizer - quick & easy editor for image files - a MUST for any monger!!!

 

Filezilla (Client) - FTP transfer software

 

NVU - HTML editor (I've just started getting into HTML and this is an easy to use and free tool.)

 

Orbit Downloader

 

Eraser - fast & efficient file deletion program

 

Bit Torrent and Vuze - torrent downloaders (I find  Bit Torrentbetter - Vuze is a bit memory hungry for my PC but has lots of useful content & management tools added to it.)

 

AVG Anti Virus (free) 

 

Open DNS - not really software but a quicker and more secure alternative DNS lookup service (there are a couple of additional tools you can download from them to take full advantage) and keeps your home or business network more secure when you change your settings to them - and it's free for the basic service. See the website for details. 

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PeerGuardian2 is no longer being maintained nor are its lists. You need to switch to Peerblock at this time. There is a lot written on the net about this now. Peerblock can be downloaded free--google it.

 

i did notice the lack of updates on peerguardian but it still blocked the IP's i had uploaded to it , but thanks a lot mate im now using peerblock.

 

to all the people using spybot, its no longer the best, it was a couple of years ago but now its not great at all. the advanced sytemcare i mentioned prevously will take care of spyware, registry, defragging hdd, checking hdd for errors. basically 90% of a PC health check with one program.

 

oh anybody who wants to trade invites to torrent sites i have plenty of invites for demonoid available (to trade)

 

 

 

easy people

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JDownloader

- open source, platform independent and written completely in Java. It simplifies downloading files from One-Click-Hosters like Rapidshare.com or Megaupload.com - not only for users with a premium account but also for users who don't pay. It offers downloading in multiple paralell streams, captcha recognition, automatical file extraction and much more.

http://jdownloader.org/home/index

 

Soulseek

- I like it way better than limewire for downloading music

http://www.slsknet.org/

 

Tag&Rename

- music files tag editor that easily handles all popular digital audio formats.

http://www.softpointer.com/tr.htm

 

Avira antivirus

http://www.avira.com/en/pages/index.php

 

Startup Monitor- got to have this

- small utility that runs transparently (it doesn't even use a tray icon) and notifies you when any program registers itself to run at system startup. It prevents annoying programs from registering themselves behind your back.

http://www.mlin.net/StartupMonitor.shtml

 

Internet Download Manager

- tool to increase download speeds by up to 5 times, resume and schedule downloads.

http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/

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cygwin

 

linux emulation on windows can do shell scripting,perl,xhosting etc etc .. quite handy sometimes

 

www.cygwin.com

 

Sun Virtual Box

 

install a full linux (or any other operating system) as a virtual session under windows.

 

www.virtualbox.org

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I also use and can recommend CCleaner and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware but I don't let CCleaner mess with my registry. I use McAfee for firewall and antivirus in addition to router firewall. Also use Lavasoft Adaware. I run diskcleanup about once a week and get rid of all but the most current system backups. I use Belarc advisor recommendations for further increasing security on my system but you need to be careful using it and some of its recommendations I haven't implemented because they appear to be more risky for me as an intermediate user than the protection provided. I use Skype or Logitech voice/webcam connections some and both are effective. Windows Directory Statistics is a nice program to identify useless files that are eating up your space within a hard drive partition.

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I get a lot of useful, and some not so useful, freebies from this site http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/

 

On the site it has icons to connect with them on Facebook and Twitter, so you get daily updates when the next stuff is online every 24 hours.

 

Well worth the time to see what is happening daily.

 

Cheerz Mark

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