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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Thu Jul 27, 2006 8:31 am


VTNC wrote:
  1. NO ADWARE. This includes Opera.

Opera is no longer adware. Ad free for a while now.
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How about a good fan speed controller? (Not Speedfan please)
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You can add VMWARE Server to the list
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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",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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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Sat Jul 12, 2008 5:35 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.
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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Sun Jul 13, 2008 6:59 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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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Sun Aug 31, 2008 11:05 am

Bootloader (Related)
EasyBCD edits Windows Bootloader

IReboot boots into the selected OS next time you reboot
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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:54 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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Wed Nov 26, 2008 12:03 am

Dirge wrote:
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.

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

Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:59 pm

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

Productivity (i guess?)
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

Mon May 25, 2009 5:43 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

Sun Jul 26, 2009 5:00 pm

Certainly not all-inclusive, but a useful site is:
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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Fri Oct 16, 2009 12:36 pm

3d animation/game creation kit

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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:58 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

Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:23 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

Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:25 pm

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

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) ... 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. ... 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) ... 96637.html

EDIT BY MOD - Captain Ned - Please read Forum Rule #12.

Remote connectivity:
TeamViewer! WAY better than VNC. Teamviewer is IP and firewall independent. ... 98150.html

K-Lite codec pack! plus, they have windows 7 pack and an x64 pack!

BurnAware Free does most anything I need for cd/dvd burning, except MAKE an .iso image: ... 78661.html

System Utilities
Ccleaner and Advanced system care have already been mentioned, as has sysinternal suite.
another good one is toolbox.

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)

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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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Thu Dec 02, 2010 11:11 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

Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:32 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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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:37 pm

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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:34 am

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

SuperCopier 2
Recuva (simple file recovery by Piriform makers of CCleaner)
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

Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:26 am

anotherengineer wrote:
Wow not one person put up Terracopy?!?

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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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:20 am

FFDShow Tryouts (supersedes ffdshow)

Windows Directshow Tweaker tool (to make eveyrthing use FFDShow tryout for decoding!)

Eraser (secure delete your files)

Recuva (recover delted files)

HxD Hex Editor
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Re: Help me make a Windows freeware list

Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:18 pm

Just stumbled over this thread. Thought I'd add something I recently found:

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

Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:28 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

Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:55 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:
CoolerMaster HAF X, i7-990x, Gigabyte X58A-UD3R, 24GB Corsair XMS, Sapphire 7950 Vapor-X, Corsair Neutron 128GB, 3*Seagate HD (3TB), Seagate HD (1.5TB), Hitachi HD (2TB), Plextor DVD + BluRay, StorageWorks DAT 72, 29160 SCSI Adapter, Corsair H80

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