Help me make a Windows freeware list

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Postposted on Thu Jul 27, 2006 7:17 am

Audio Editing

Audacity@ http://audacity.sourceforge.net
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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Postposted on Thu Jul 27, 2006 7:31 am

Browser
Opera

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  1. NO ADWARE. This includes Opera.

Opera is no longer adware. Ad free for a while now.
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Postposted on Mon Aug 07, 2006 5:25 pm

How about a good fan speed controller? (Not Speedfan please)
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Postposted on Sat Aug 19, 2006 8:00 pm

Also,

You can add VMWARE Server to the list


http://www.vmware.com/download/server/
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Postposted on Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:43 am

General Clean Up

http://www.ccleaner.com
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Postposted on Sun Oct 29, 2006 10:09 am

My P4M doesn't throttle how I'd like it to, so this little app came in handy:
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Postposted on Wed May 23, 2007 1:19 pm

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Postposted on Tue Jul 03, 2007 10:49 am

Security:
I haven't read the thread so some (or all) of these may have been covered already, but I saw this list "15 Great, Free Security Programs" http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,13363 ... icle.html# and thought of this thread. On the list: ZoneAlarm ; Comodo Firewall Pro ; Avast ; AVG Anti-Rootkit ; Spyware Blaster ; AOL Active Security Monitor ; McAfee SiteAdvisor ; LinkScanner Lite ; Internet Threat Meter ; Trend Micro HijackThis ; Kruptos 2 ; Transaction Guard ; CCleaner ; NoScript ; File Shredder 2 .
Descriptions of the programs, and download links, are in the article.
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Postposted on Mon Dec 17, 2007 4:43 pm

http://infrarecorder.sourceforge.net/

Infrarecorder. Kinda like Nero lite.
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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Postposted on Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:35 pm

I dunno if these count, but the Windows Live Photo Gallery and the Windows Live Mail are both free to download and use, and are really nice.
http://get.live.com/WL/config_all
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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Postposted on Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:59 pm

Virtualization Software
VirtualBox - Supported host operating systems include Linux, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp, Windows, and Solaris, while supported guest operating systems include FreeBSD, Linux, OpenBSD, OS/2 Warp, Windows and Solaris. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions available.

By far better than Microsoft's VirtuaPC and better than VMWare and Parallels in my book (considering that it's free).

Edit- Latest version, 2.0.2, supports 64-bit guests on 64-bit hosts.
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Postposted on Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:05 am

Bootloader (Related)
EasyBCD edits Windows Bootloader
http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1

IReboot boots into the selected OS next time you reboot
http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=11
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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Postposted on Mon Sep 29, 2008 3:54 pm

Image Manipulation
Paint.NET - An open source, raster graphics editing program for Windows, developed on the .NET Framework. Paint.NET has evolved from a simple replacement for the Microsoft Paint program, which is included with Windows, into a powerful editor with support for layers, blending, transparency, and plugins. It is often used as a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
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Postposted on Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:03 pm

Dirge wrote:Codecs
How about mentioning ffdshow a general purpose DivX/XviD decoding filter.

ffdshow is known to consume way less cpu time than DivX


There is a newer ffdshow project that supports more formats/codecs. It's very handy for loading just about any video format/codec into VirtualDub.

http://ffdshow-tryout.sourceforge.net/


I would like to see a good freeware Orthodox File Manager. Any recommendations?
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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Postposted on Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:59 pm

Disk Management
TreeSize
Pretty cool tool that lets you find what folders are eating up all your space.

Productivity (i guess?)
Launchy
Kind of like QuickSilver for the Mac. It allows you to launch apps and open files from a bar that launches on a customizable key combination. It's got a lot of plugins that do various things.
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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Postposted on Mon May 25, 2009 4:43 pm

Burning Programs
Burrrn - Only for audio burning, but it is good at doing it.

imgburn - Burning anything else. Technically this can burn audio CDs as well, just have to create a cue sheet to do that, which imgburn can do. It is an extra step I don't want to make when I can do it a few clicks in burrrn. It can burn data discs, create an image from disc or folder (not an emulation program). Both are low profile. I prefer having 2 good burning programs than one bloated one. This also has good support, for questions or problems on their forums. Does update sometimes.
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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Postposted on Sun Jul 26, 2009 4:00 pm

Certainly not all-inclusive, but a useful site is:

http://fossfor.us/
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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Postposted on Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:36 am

3d animation/game creation kit
http://www.blender.org

3d animation
http://www.anim8or.com/main/index.html
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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Postposted on Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:58 pm

please recommend imaging software, and a high-power alternative to Windows Explorer.
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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Postposted on Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:23 pm

nweissma wrote:please recommend imaging software
Disk cloning/imaging ala Ghost? There is a thread for that.

nweissma wrote:high-power alternative to Windows Explorer.
What features are you looking for? What's your problem with Explorer?
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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Postposted on Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:25 pm

I am full time PC technician, here's some of the things I use all the time on customer's computers:

Security
antivirus - avira is the best (free) but avast is the coolest. i still haven't (and won't) reverted from "Talk Like a Pirate Day". :lol:
i used AVG for many years, but (sorry to say) it's crap anymore. although the AVG2011 "social networking" feature looks nice, I've just seen too much malware/virus' slip past AVG in the past 6 months to try it again.

surprised as heck i haven't seen malwarebytes antimalware mentioned.
i understand the free version doesn't have a resident shield, but it's still the best at detection and removal (albeit after the fact)
http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-A ... contentAux
i clean dozens of malware infections a month, and i've had mbam catch stuff that every other program has missed.
also, mbam has a tool (fileassasin) that will remove locked files)

another tool that should have been mentioned by now is ComboFix. again, it's useful only after infection has occured, but it does a remarkable job.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/downloa ... s/combofix

Spyware Blaster is another great tool, but it's for PREVENTION. blocks access in IE & Firefox to nearly 14k known malicious websites. (many of which are common graphic ad hosts)
http://download.cnet.com/spywareblaster ... 96637.html

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Remote connectivity:
TeamViewer! WAY better than VNC. Teamviewer is IP and firewall independent.
http://download.cnet.com/TeamViewer/300 ... 98150.html

Multimedia
K-Lite codec pack! plus, they have windows 7 pack and an x64 pack!
http://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm

BurnAware Free does most anything I need for cd/dvd burning, except MAKE an .iso image:
http://download.cnet.com/burnaware-free ... 78661.html

System Utilities
Ccleaner and Advanced system care have already been mentioned, as has sysinternal suite.
another good one is toolbox.
http://www.iobit.com/toolbox.html

Has anyone notice Firefox becoming a bit bloated in the past few update releases? (I have)
I found a FF based browser called PaleMoon. I've been using Pale Moon for a few weeks now and it seems to be quite a bit faster than regular FF but with all the main features. (imported my FF profile without any problems, including extensions, addons, saved form data, etc)
http://www.palemoon.org/


Here's something I've been searching for for a while now:
a free exchange client. (not pop3, imap, etc but EXCHANGE)
anyone have any thoughts on that?
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Postposted on Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:11 am

Hi everyone. My question is which ones will run on a Windows 64 bit system and are free, too?
I'm upgrading to 64 and any advice would be welcomed.
I've listed the software running on my windows 32 bit system:
Malwarebytes, Avast, ZoneAlarm, ThreatFire and Advance SystemCare.
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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Postposted on Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:32 am

Audacity is a good audio editor, but it's main purpose is a multitrack recording studio.
Foobar2000, the best audio player in the history of the world.
MusePack is the proven best audio encoder, as long as you don't need portability.
MP3Gain: equalize the volume of your mp3s. No more fiddling with volume dials. It is lossless.
guliverkli, misc stuff from the guy who writes Media player classic.
Matroska should replace avi everywhere. AVI is Evil.
Rarewares has binaries of Lame, Ogg, AAC, MPC, etc. Also Debian APT packages of same.
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Postposted on Fri Dec 23, 2011 2:37 pm

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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Postposted on Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:34 pm

Skimmed the whole thread, don't think these have been mentioned.

7zip
SuperCopier 2
KeePass
TeamViewer
Recuva (simple file recovery by Piriform makers of CCleaner)
MediaInfo
Kigo Image Converter (batch image resizer with a simple UI that is quick and does a decent job)
CutePDF (pdf printer)
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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Postposted on Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:26 am

anotherengineer wrote:Wow not one person put up Terracopy?!? http://codesector.com/teracopy

TeraCopy is good. But last time I checked they charge $19.95 to buy it. If a free version is offered, they must cripple it somewhere, yes?

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Postposted on Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:20 am

FFDShow Tryouts (supersedes ffdshow)
http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow-tryout/files/SVN%20builds%20by%20clsid/64-bit%20builds/

Windows Directshow Tweaker tool (to make eveyrthing use FFDShow tryout for decoding!)
http://codecguide.com/windows7_preferred_filter_tweaker.htm

Eraser (secure delete your files)
http://eraser.heidi.ie/

Recuva (recover delted files)
http://www.piriform.com/recuva

HxD Hex Editor
http://mh-nexus.de/en/hxd/
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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Postposted on Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:18 pm

Just stumbled over this thread. Thought I'd add something I recently found: http://ninite.com

Great list there!
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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Postposted on Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:28 am

Can someone update the first post? I'd add but I am not sure what is here...
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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Postposted on Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:55 pm

RAM is still reasonably cheap and for those not sure what to do with extra RAM why not a RAM disk? You can place your virtual memory there and also the files from the browser cache for instance.

The following software used to be quite expensive but since the version 3.3.3 it has become freeware, it is available in 32- and 64-bit, has no ads, and does exactly what it says on the tin:

http://www.softperfect.com/products/ramdisk/
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