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Fri Jun 09, 2006 11:52 am Reply and quote this post
Computer Maintenence and Security

AntiVirus:
  • AntiVir - It has a great detection rate and is really light on recourses.  However it does not update automatically.
  • avast! - Is a little heavier on recourses then AntiVir, but still a good product and has a good detection rate.
  • AVG - Another very popular free solution that is light on recourses.
Software Firewall:
  • Kerio v215 - This version of Kerio is very easy to use and configure.  It is also really light on system resources.  Kerio v4 is also available for free, but v215 is a much better product IMO.
  • Outpost Free - Another very good product, but I prefer the simplicity of Kerio.
  • Sygate Personal Firewall - One of the best free firewall products available currently.
  • ZoneAlarm - ZoneAlarm offers shareware and freeware firewalls, for basic desktop protection.

Spyware Removal & Prevention:
  • Windows Defender - Many reviewers has rated it the best of its kind and I tend to agree.  It has the best detection rate and offers good real-time p[rotection.  Should be used along with other spyware removers.
  • Ad-Aware SE Personal - Another very good product.  It should be used for occasional scanning.  I suggest using Microsoft AntiSpyware for real-time protection.
  • Spybot Search & Destroy - Another very popular removal tool.
  • SpywareBlaster - Prevents the installation of spyware and other potentially harmful software!
Utilities
  • USB Apps - A pack of all sorts of USB programs all put together with an autolaunch feature.  Fits on 128MB+ drives.  It includes FTP, Firefox, editors, and Open office.
  • DriveImage XML - One of the best (and free) drive imaging, restoring and copying applications I (Greg) have used.
Internet


Browsers
  • Opera - One of the fastest and most full-featured browser available; includes RSS feed reader, BitTorrent client, etc.
  • Firefox - Internet Explorer's #1 competition; more than 50 million downloads worldwide; simple, easy, yet effective
  • Mozilla Suite - More advanced version of Firefox; contains many useful tools for web development; fastest rendering engine than Firefox
It is recommended to use one of the above browsers rather then IE for security reasons.

Multimedia

Audio/Video Players
  • Winamp - a nice audio/video media player with good features
  • iTunes - one of the best audio/video players; Apple's official software for syncronization with the iPod; includes podcasts
  • Windows Media Player 10 - Microsoft's offical audio/video player for Windows
  • Media Player Classic - Looks like the old Windows Media Player (pre WMP7), but does a LOT more.
Audio/Video Encoding
  • Audio Grabber - Amazing CD-ripping and encoding tool.
  • Virtual Dub - A great freeware video encoder (does just about anything with plugins).
  • S.U.P.E.R. - Convert anything to anything (just about).  Great for iPod, PSP, or PDA video conversions.


- Xfire, the best program to join in your friends online games  

Translators (please post if you have new ones, which are missing)
-English <-> Russian
-Russian phonetic dictionary
-several, also currency calculator

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Thu Jun 22, 2006 11:07 am Reply and quote this post
Discussion for those not marked is here, also if you have any suggestions for the list please post
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Thu Jun 22, 2006 3:02 pm Reply and quote this post
Anybody know of some decent movie editing (not windows movie maker) and window capture software?
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Thu Jun 22, 2006 4:38 pm Reply and quote this post
Flooble wrote:
Anybody know of some decent movie editing (not windows movie maker) and window capture software?


Here ya go, please check them out and tell me which one you think is best, I'll then add it to the list...
http://desktopvideo.about.com/od/softwarereviews/l/bl_freesw.htm

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Fri Jun 30, 2006 7:36 am Reply and quote this post
alright, this thread is back up, discussion can go into the next round!  
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Sun Aug 06, 2006 6:52 pm Reply and quote this post
Added the recently released Firefox 2.0 beta 1, which is very well developed and ultra stable I can say. http://www.mozilla.org/projects/bonecho/all-beta.html
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Mon Sep 11, 2006 4:42 am Reply and quote this post
Firefox Beta 2 looks really cool, also IE7 is now in Release Candidate 1 (RC1), and I think also the RC1 of Vista is out, also there is the CTP's of Microsofts Expression Web Designer, Graphic Designer and Interactive Designer! They all target Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Release Candidate 1 (RC1).

http://www.microsoft.com/products/expression/en/default.mspx

Quote:
If you want to try Expression Interactive Designer but wish to continue to use Windows Vista™ Beta 2 or WinFX Beta 2, please install our May 2006 CTP, using the installation instructions specific to that CTP. The September CTP is compatible with the RC1 release of Windows Vista.


May 2006 CTP: May 2006 CTP

Quote:
The CTP releases are a great way to experiment and begin familiarizing yourself with the tool, but we do not recommend using them for production work at this time.


.NET Framweork 3.0: .NET Framework 3

Just some stuff to add to the list  

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Sun Jan 07, 2007 11:04 am Reply and quote this post
Some more here... Xen is a freeware Virtual PC program, and Nvu is a freeware web editor comparable to Microsoft Frontpage.

Also, there's Lavalys Everest Home 2.20. This application is no longer updated or supported by Lavalys, but it's last stable version (2.20) is still available for download. It's gives you all kinds of information about a system.

On a similar note, there's SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2005 SR3, a program not quite as informative (in my opinion) as Everest, but it has a good deal more punch in benchmarking... especially if you have a Pentium 4!

Finally, and I believe someone mentioned it, there is CCleaner (Crap Cleaner), a darned good program for Windows XP. I can personally attest to this program repairing one of my computers in one fell swoop. It's amazing, scheduleable, fast and free. Windows XP machines armed with a good firewall, antivirus, antispyware, browser and this are the machines that Mac users are afraid of -- because they run perfectly and put OS X to shame.

Also... File unlocker utility! If you cant delete a file in windows

Unlocker is the solution to the following types of Windows error messages

    * Cannot delete folder: It is being used by another person or program
    * Cannot delete file: Access is denied
    * There has been a sharing violation.
    * The source or destination file may be in use.
    * The file is in use by another program or user.
    * Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

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Sun Jan 14, 2007 8:58 am Reply and quote this post
The best site that brings all free software together is without a doubt www.filehippo.com with its regular updates and fast, clean interface!  

Browsers and Plugins
Firefox 2.0.0.1
Flash Player 9.0.28.0 (IE)
Google Desktop 5.0.0612.07686
Google Toolbar 4.0.1020.6156 (IE)
Internet Explorer 7.0
Maxthon 2.0.1.5462 Beta 3
Opera 9.10


File Sharing
Azureus 2.5.0.2
BitComet 0.81
eMule 0.47c
LimeWire Basic 4.13.0 Beta
Shareaza 2.2.3.0 Beta
uTorrent 1.6.474


Messaging and Chat
AIM 6.1.3.1 Beta
Gaim 2.0.0 Beta 5
Google Talk 1.0.0.104 Beta
Skype 3.0.0.198
Thunderbird 1.5.0.9
Trillian 3.1.121
Windows Live Messenger 8.1.0168 Beta
Yahoo! Messenger 8.1.0.209


File Transfer
CuteFTP 8.0 Home
FileZilla 3 Beta 5
FlashGet 1.8
GMail Drive 1.0.10
SmartFTP 2.0.1000.11


Office and News
Adobe Reader 7.0.9
Foxit Reader 2.0.1312
OpenOffice.org 2.1


Developer Tools
NSIS 2.23
VMware Player 1.0.3


             
Anti-Spyware
Ad Aware Personal 1.06
AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5.0.50
CWShredder 2.19
HijackThis 1.99.1
Rootkit Revealer 1.71
Spybot Search and Destroy 1.4
SpywareBlaster 3.5.1
Windows Defender 1.1.1593


Firewalls and Security
Comodo Firewall 2.4.13.153 RC3
PeerGuardian 2.0 Beta 6b
Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall 4.3.268
Sygate Personal Firewall 5.6.2808
ZoneAlarm Free 6.5.737


Anti-Virus
AntiVir Personal 7.00.00.47
Avast! Home Edition 4.7.936
AVG Free Edition 7.5.432


Cleaning and Tweaking
CCleaner 1.36.430
Tweak UI 2.1


Compression and Backup
7-Zip 4.43 Beta
WinRAR 3.71 Beta 1
WinZip 11.0.7313


Benchmarking
3DMark05 1.3.0
3DMark06 1.1.0
EVEREST Home Edition 2.20


Networking
Hamachi 1.0.1.4
RealVNC 4.1.2


             
Audio and Video
Foobar2000 0.9.4.2
iTunes 7.0.2
K-Lite Codec Pack 2.82 (Full)
QuickTime Alternative 1.76
QuickTime Player 7.1.3
Real Alternative 1.51
RealPlayer 10.5 (6.0.12.1741)
VLC Media Player 0.8.6a
Winamp 5.3.2 Full
Windows Media Player 11
Zoom Player 5.0


CD and DVD Tools
DAEMON Tools 4.08
DVD Shrink 3.2.0.15
ImgBurn 2.1.0.0
Nero Burning Rom 7.5.9.0a
ShrinkTo5 2.04 Basic


Desktop
ObjectDock 1.5
RocketDock 1.3 Beta 4
Samurize 1.64.2
WindowBlinds 5.10
Yahoo! Widget Engine 3.1.4


Imaging
FastStone Image Viewer 2.9 Beta 2
IrfanView 3.99
Paint.NET 3.0 Beta 3
Picasa 2.6 Build 35.97


Drivers
ATI Catalyst Drivers 7.1
DirectX 9.0c (Dec 06)
Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0.0
NVIDIA Forceware 93.71 WHQL

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Wed Jan 17, 2007 1:33 pm Reply and quote this post
this is a really handy website!

it has freeware, demos and everything

http://www.downseek.com/

aslo these help

http://www.free-codecs.com/index.htm

these help u watch those ogg movies, dvix or watever

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Sat Aug 04, 2007 5:17 am Reply and quote this post
this info is awesome Downseek is a great site
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Sat Aug 04, 2007 5:21 am Reply and quote this post
S&gt;U&gt;P&gt;E&gt;R  is Great
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Thu Dec 06, 2007 8:39 am Reply and quote this post
Graphic software:
IcoFX - free icon editor.
Supports XP alphablend icons.

Poster Forge – free poster generator.
Allows to create wanted, movie, motivational, wanted posters and print them in wall size.

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Sun Apr 20, 2008 4:43 am Reply and quote this post
What about the best Defragmentation app?

At the moment I'm using IOBit Smart Defrag, but I don't know how it compares to other free utilities.

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