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Old 08-08-2010, 11:28 AM
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I used to work at a computer shop and I know a lot of good free programs out there I thought I would share. I used to have a computer forum too and made a thread like this, I'll try to keep this updated. Please feel free to post or PM, if you no any other programs too. Please let me no if any links are down as well. Another note, most of these programs do have a pay version. If you have any questions just let me no.

Be sure to read and understand how to use each program prior to download!

I would also like to mention all the programs listed are for Windows, Some such as VLC does have a Linux and Mac version but those will not be listed at this time, Thank you.

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Anti Virus Programs
(only run one at a time, if you decide to switch COMPLETELY uninstall the other one)

- AVG Free Edition 9.0 Main Site Download

- Avast Free Edition
Main Site Download

Anti Spyware/Adware/Malware
(Run as many as you like, these programs will not conflict.

- Spybot S&E Main Site Download

- MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Main site Download

- Spyware Blaster 4.3 Main site Download

- Bazooka: Adware & Spyware Scanner Main Site Download

- Super antispyware Main site Download

- Ad-Aware Main Site Download

- Windows Defender (Comes with Vista and 7, Download to use with XP) Main Site Download

Computer Cleaner and Registry (Temp files and Registry)

- CCleaner (Crap Cleaner) Main Site Download

- ATF Cleaner Main Site Download

Disk De-fragmentation (Yes windows does have a Disk De-fragmentation program)

- Defraggler Main Site Download

- Auslogics Disk Defrag Main site Download

Firewall (Only run one of these programs at a time)

- Zone Alarm Main site Download

- Comodo Main Site Download


Image Editing and Viewing

- Gimp 2.6 (Compares to photoshop) Main site Download

- Picasa 3 (Image Viewer) Main site Download

- Vallen Jpegger (Image Viewer) Main site Download

Audio and Video


- Itunes Main Site Download

- Songbird (its kinda like Itunes) Main Site Download

- VideoLan VLC Media Player Main site Download

- K-Lite Codec Pack (Includes Media Player Classic) Main Site Download

- Audacity (Audio Editor) Main Site Download

File Archiver (File Manager)

- 7-Zip Main site Download

Word Processing

- Open Office (compares to Microsoft office and all its features, has excel etc) Main site Download

Internet Browsers

- Mozilla Firefox 3.6.8 Main Site Download

- Safari 5 Main site Download

- Google Chrome Main Site Download

- Opera Main Site Download

System Information and Monitoring

- Speccy Main Site Download

- CPU-Z Main Site Download

Partition Managers

- Partition Resizer Main Site Download

- Ranish Partition Manager Main Site Download

- TestDisk Main Site Download

PDF Programs

- Adobe Reader 9 Main Site Download

- Foxit 4.1 Main Site Download

- Cute PDF Main Site Download


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Linux Distros

Some people were talking about Linux Distros so I thought I would add this site: http://distrowatch.com/ its the number one site on seeing ALL the linux distros available. They have a top list of them, well just check it out if your a linux Fan.

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P.S. I would like to thank Librarian for making this thread a sticky.

Also as another side note, do not hold me responsible for any damage that may be done to your computer. I am not forcing you to try or use any program listed here, just trying to help.


Will keep this updated as often as possible.
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TrueCrypt for your encryption needs
http://www.truecrypt.org/

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7-zip compression/archiver utility (open source and better than winrar & winzip)
http://www.7-zip.org/

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Communication:
- Digsby (IM Client)
- Pidgin (IM Client)
- Skype (VoIP Client)

Anti-Virus:
- Microsoft Security Essentials

Video:
- K-Lite Codec Pack + Media Player Classic

Audio:
- Songbird

Utilities:
- TeraCopy (File Copier)
- Revo Uninstaller (Uninstaller)
- Dropbox (Awesome online file storage, file sync, file sharing site!)
- ImgBurn (CD/DVD Burner)
- FileZilla (FTP Client)
- uTorrent (Torrent Client)
- Bullzip PDF Printer (PDF Printer)
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http://www.freewarefiles.com

I find alot of what I'm looking for here.
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KM Player - Audio/Video player http://kmplayer.en.softonic.com/

Primo PDF - Create pdf files by just clicking on print. http://www.primopdf.com/index.aspx

Cross Loop - Allows you to remote to another PC and take control of it. http://www.crossloop.com

Internet Video Converter - Converts any video file to a different format. http://www.ivcsoft.com/wordpress/

Lupas Rename - Massive file and folder renamer. http://rename.lupasfreeware.org/
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Why not just go to www.filehippo.com it has most you've individually listed all together.
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USB portable desktop apps: www.portableapps.com
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You forgot the BEST anti-virus program. Microsoft's Security Essentials is taking top spot for most IT departments-not only because it is free, but it is actually a superior product.
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You forgot the BEST anti-virus program. Microsoft's Security Essentials is taking top spot for most IT departments-not only because it is free, but it is actually a superior product.
Yup!!It is actually a vital and to priority program that one should have it in their systems.
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If you use windows, there is one program that distinguishes itself in helping diagnose slow or virus infected computers. That Program is Autoruns which is free from Microsoft since they bought out Sysinternals.
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Yup!!It is actually a vital and to priority program that one should have it in their systems.
It does have licensing restrictions though and for now is free only for home use or small businesses with 10 or less computers.
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Isn't K-lite questionable as far as licensing goes? I it's free but isn't there some proprietary stuff in there that your are Supposed to pay for? Just asking.
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You forgot the BEST anti-virus program. Microsoft's Security Essentials is taking top spot for most IT departments-not only because it is free, but it is actually a superior product.
Speaking from the perspective of someone who is in IT for a living, Wherryj is right. We actually dumped Trend Micro's OfficeScan client/server setup in favor of Security Essentials at my office. No more lame "subscriptions", annual fees, support contracts, or maintenance overhead for the win.
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Great thread, Monkey,

Major Geeks
This site has everything & well organized.
They have PC support forums & a specific Malware Removal forum where the pros walk you through restoring your OS from malice.

On that note Combofix is great utility to rid malicious programs that take over your OS.
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I would add that OpenOffice.org has been forked due to concerns about Oracle owning the copyrights.

That fork is called LibreOffice, created by the vast majority of the original OpenOffice.org team. Just about all the GNU/Linux distros have adopted LibreOffice now, and it's more feature-filled.

http://www.libreoffice.org/

As with the original OpenOffice.org, it is available for GNU/Linux, Mac OS, and MS Windows. There is also a "portable" version for those running MS Windows, that runs directly from a USB thumb drive.

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http://www.nirsoft.net/

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http://www.osalt.com/ is an open source alternative. If you type in adobe "something" they will show you an open source alternative to that program. Found some cool apps here but some are just like any open source software sometimes buggy and no support.
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is Zone Alarm still any good, i havent used that for over 10 years i think
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A great site to get a many free and useful apps is www.ninite.com.

You go to the site, you check off the applications you want installed, and it generates a small installer executable. You run the executable and it installs all the applications you checked off without you having to lift a finger.

No more downloading each and every app separately and then having to install each and every one.

They try and keep up with the latest versions, but occasionally you'll run into an application that isn't quite the latest.

Still for what it does, I think it's a great site.

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I second ninite.com, I use them all the time for new installs. Another good resource is pcdecrapifier.com. If you buy your computers instead of build them, there's usually a lot of pre-installed garbage on there. This program lets you tick off what you want removed and it will pull it all off. Especially useful to get rid of all the trial software you find on laptops.
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you can install multiple sofwares at once with no charge. check this out:

http://ninite.com/
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you can install multiple sofwares at once with no charge. check this out:

http://ninite.com/
You wouldn't have happened to read the two posts before yours...possibly? Maybe?
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Great list of Network Security Tools. We use many of these at progs at work.

http://sectools.org/


Here are a couple of good uninstaller programs as well.

Revo Uninstaller

PC_De-Crapifier

Iobit_Uninstaller
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Everyone on here is clearly just throwing out random programs. If anyone needs any professional help, just shoot me a PM.
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A lot of apps & programs are zipped in an installer package.
I hate when they embed other crap in them....like the google tool bar & stuff.

I always unzip/de-compress the executable.exe so I can see what its comprised
of. Many times 7-zip is not strong enough to break it open so I found a titan
of an extractor Uniextract .

It can open most any installer executable so you can peruse the files inside
it for malware before blindly clicking on Install.

Many times I find that I don't need to use the installer.exe , as the file can operate as a stand alone.
This is all the stuff inside the little Java icon download & 7zip couldn't open it,
Attached Images
File Type: jpg inside java.ex.JPG (94.4 KB, 836 views)

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Wow really? These are tool of the trade.
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Fastone screen capture 3.5 was last free one
Can even capture inside. Scrolling window. Brilliant.

Security essentials really?
I use forefront at work only because of the sa agreement. It missed so many simple infections. Forefront endpoint seems better. I actually preferred trend micro better heuristics.
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I have a slightly different way of doing things, won't be the best for the impatient or technically challenged.

I do all web surfing via a virtual machine in my case I use VMware but there is a free version called Virtualbox. (it's good too)

The benefit is any infection/malware hits the VM not the host, you can shut off sharing between the VM and the host so there's less danger of infection to the host and the number of vectors/malware out there that include the ability to hop from a VM to the host target corporations specifically.

Haven't had an issue (on the host) in years, the VM can be dragged to trash and recreated or your can make a copy of a finished VM and drag the clean version out after getting rid of the old infected VM.

Think of it as an Internet condom.

It takes patience to set up, once you've figured out your flow it's easy, I do my banking from the host only and those are the only pages the host EVER hits.
Everything else is through the VM.

My VM is Linux (Ubuntu) I own no anti virus, malware cleaners, or any other 3rd party "security software" because I simply don't need it.
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Knoppix CD and DVD distros run a pretty good Live Linux GUI that you can copy files from an infected partition to a networked computer before reinstalling an OS without pulling the machine apart. This has quick-saved some people's bacon a few times, and so have Slax distros. Both Knoppix and Slax read and write NTFS volumes if partitions are MBR.

For hitting other computers shares use this from Konqueror browser:
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enter user/pass

AVG started hijacking browser search engines, on IE, Chrome, and Firefox.
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