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  • Sveen
    started a topic Free software suggestion thread

    Free software suggestion thread

    Made a smaller presentation of each software. Much faster to get them all out there that way.

    7-Zip 4.65 (instead of WinRAR)
    7-Zip is an open source file archiver designed originally for Microsoft Windows. 7-Zip operates primarily with the 7z archive format, as well as being able to read and write to several other archive formats.

    AntiVir Personal (instead of Norton AntiVirus)
    Avira security software refers to a range of antivirus and internet security software for the Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and Solaris computing platforms by Avira. These applications are based on the AntiVir antivirus engine also known as "Luke Filewalker", first launched in 1988.

    Audacity 1.2.6
    Audacity is a digital audio editor and recording application. Audacity is cross-platform and is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and BSD.

    Cabos 0.8.1 (instead of LimeWire)
    Cabos is a free Gnutella file sharing program. It is based on LimeWire's source code, and has a similar feel in terms of interface. It lacks the chat and library features found in LimeWire.

    CCleaner 2.17.853
    CCleaner is a freeware utility used to optimize a user's computer and clean its registry. It is developed by Piriform and is designed for Microsoft Windows. CCleaner is freeware, though Piriform accepts donations for the program.

    Dropbox 0.6.402
    Dropbox is a storage application and service operated by Evenflow, Inc. The service enables users to store and sync files online and between computers. Dropbox has a cross-platform client (Windows, Mac and Linux) that enables users to drop any file into a Dropbox folder that is then synced to the web and the users' other computers with the Dropbox client.

    FeedDemon 2.7
    FeedDemon is a free RSS Feed reader for Windows.

    FileZilla 3.2.3 (instead of FlashFXP)
    FileZilla is a free, open source, cross-platform FTP client. Binaries are available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. It supports FTP, SFTP, and FTPS (FTP over SSL/TLS).

    Foobar2000 (instead of Winamp)
    foobar2000 is a freeware audio player for Windows developed by Peter Pawlowski, a former freelance contractor for Nullsoft. It is known for its highly customizable interface.

    A great skin can be found here.

    Foxit Reader 3.0.1506 (instead of Adobe Acrobat Reader)
    Foxit Reader is a multilingual PDF reader. The basic reader can be downloaded for free, while advanced plugins are available for a cost. Foxit Reader is notable for its short load time and small filesize, which are sometimes very favorable when compared to Adobe Reader.

    InfraRecorder 0.46.2 (instead of Nero Burning ROM)
    InfraRecorder is a graphical CD and DVD writing program for Microsoft Windows.

    Mozilla Firefox 3.0.7 (instead of Internet Explorer)
    Mozilla Firefox is a web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite and managed by Mozilla Corporation. Firefox had 21.73% of the recorded usage share of web browsers as of February 2009, making it the second-most popular browser in current use worldwide, after Internet Explorer.

    Mozilla Thunderbird (instead of Microsoft Outlook)
    Mozilla Thunderbird is a free, open source, cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox, a project aimed at creating a web browser.

    My Lockbox 1.3
    My Lockbox is a security software enabling you to password protect any folder on your computer. The protected folder is hidden from any user and application of your system, including Administrator and System itself. It is impossible to access the lockbox not only from the local computer, but also from the net.

    MyPhoneExplorer 1.7.2
    MyPhoneExplorer is a proprietary freeware desktop application allowing management of Sony Ericsson mobile phones.

    Notepad++ 5.2
    Notepad++ is a source code editor for Windows. It is distributed as free software. The project is hosted on, from where it has been downloaded over thirteen million times.

    Pidgin 2.5.5 (instead of Windows Live Messenger)
    Pidgin is a multi-platform instant messaging client. The software has support for many commonly used instant messaging protocols, allowing the user to log into various different services from one application.

    QuickTime Alternative 2.8.0 (instead of QuickTime)
    QuickTime Alternative is a codec package for Microsoft Windows for playing .MOV files, otherwise only decodable using Apple Inc.'s proprietary QuickTime software. To play .MOV files, QuickTime Alternative uses codecs taken from QuickTime 7.

    Rainlendar Lite 2.5
    Rainlendar is a feature rich calendar application that is easy to use and doesn't take much space on your desktop. The application is platform independent so you can run it on all major operating systems: Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

    Revo Uninstaller 1.80
    Revo Uninstaller, developed by the VS Revo Group, is a freeware utility, designed to help uninstall software.

    Smart Defrag 1.11
    Defragmenter that supports automatic defragmentation when the computer is idle.

    Songbird 1.1.1 (instead of iTunes)
    Songbird is a free and open source software media player and web browser developed by Pioneers of the Inevitable, with a stated mission "to incubate Songbird, the first Web player, to catalyze and champion a diverse, open Media Web."

    Spotify 0.3.11
    Spotify is a proprietary music streaming program, which allows instant listening to specific tracks or albums with almost no buffering delay. Music can be browsed by artists, albums or created playlists as well as by direct searches. Although it is not possible to save the streamed music for use outside the application, a link is provided to allow the listener to directly purchase the material via partner retailers.

    Get an invite here.

    SpywareBlaster 4.1
    SpywareBlaster is a killbit program for Microsoft Windows designed to block the installation of ActiveX malware.

    SUPERAntiSpyware 4.25.1012
    AntiSpyware application that can detect and remove over 1,000,000 threats.

    SyncBack 3.2.19
    SyncBack is a freeware and shareware backup and synchronization program that allows backing up and synchronizing files to the same or different drives, to different media (CD, DVD, Flash, zip), or to a remote server.

    Unlocker 1.8.7
    Removes files when your operating system can't handle it.

    VLC Media Player 0.9.8a (instead of Windows Media Player)
    VLC media player is an open source, free software media player written by the VideoLAN project. VLC is a portable multimedia player, encoder, and streamer supporting many audio and video codecs and file formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It is able to stream over networks and to transcode multimedia files and save them into various formats.

    XnView 1.96 (instead of ACDSee)
    XnView is a free cross-platform image viewer used for viewing, converting, organising and editing graphical & video files.
    Last edited by Sveen; 03-31-2009, 12:54 PM.

  • steelersfan43
    Originally posted by njx9
    because you don't just use it to play pirated games. but i appreciate the sincere effort to get the thread closed for no reason.

    for instance, i may want to rip a CD i've bought to my computer because it can make it substantially faster to use the program on it (or to install from it).
    I cant get it to work. Im trying to make one for age of mythology gold edition but it says error everytime. What setting should I put it on? Ive tried data disk and the new security thing but it doesnt work..

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  • Paul
    Doesn't really fall under software, but Definr is a quick online dictionary for anytime you have a vocab fail.

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  • Tampa 2 4 life
    Speedfan - Controls fan speed, checks hard drive, temperature, etc.

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  • WMD
    Free Programs that I use, which I don't think have been mentioned yet:

    Ad Aware
    Comodo Firewall

    Get your own damn links.

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  • bantx
    Nero 7 is what I use.

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  • brat316
    Any thing anyone recommend other than InfraRecorder, I need to make a copy of this dvd, of my parents party.

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  • SugarSean
    I'm havin some serious problems with AVG. Can any of you guys help me out?

    I downloaded it and everything but it won't scan my computer. Everytime it get to the scheduled scan time it just skips it. What the problem?

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  • Hollywood
    Bump for that conficker ish.

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  • Sveen
    The specific files for each user can be found here: C:\Documents and Settings

    If the other user never uses the computer anymore my solution would just be to delete that user. Do that from "User Accounts" in the control panel. (You have to be logged in as a administrator to do that)

    To be honest I don't really know if the software I've recommended scans all users' files and settings. I would think they do, but I'm not sure. Best solution is to just delete the user though.

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  • Hollywood
    Question: I have two users on my desktop computer, so I have two sets of different programs etc., the other user never uses this computer anymore, is there a way or any free software to combine both users so they are not splitting the memory and I can run one of these software programs and it goes through my entire computer instead of just the user I am running it on? I am using Microsoft Windows XP.

    Sorry if that doesn't make much sense, not the most computer savy guy...

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  • someone447
    Originally posted by ironman4579 View Post
    Sorry njx. I actually wasn't really thinking of pirating music. I was thinking there might be a site out there that you payed for the download, plus like a monthly fee that was a legal site (ie, the artists are still getting paid) but the downloads were free. Or possibly even something that was just cheaper than a dollar a download like itunes. My fault though, thanks for editting the post.
    The penny or so an artist gets paid is hardly worth buying it. The big corporations get all the money. It is absolutely ridiculous. That might be the coolest thing about the internet right now. It is transferring the control of art away from the big corporations who don't produce any of it, and giving it back to the actual artists.

    It's hard for me to not condone pirating music, as long as you support the artist in other ways(merchandise and especially going to shows.)

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  • ironman4579
    Originally posted by njx9
    i don't really understand why people see "free software" and think "ZOMG, license to pirate stuff?!?!11"

    i've edited the original post.
    Sorry njx. I actually wasn't really thinking of pirating music. I was thinking there might be a site out there that you payed for the download, plus like a monthly fee that was a legal site (ie, the artists are still getting paid) but the downloads were free. Or possibly even something that was just cheaper than a dollar a download like itunes. My fault though, thanks for editting the post.

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  • ironman4579
    Last edited by ironman4579; 03-25-2009, 09:09 AM. Reason: Rule 13.

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  • Sveen
    Advanced SystemCare and Revo Uninstaller are very good combined with CCleaner and Smart Defrag. Revo Uninstaller has some features along with outstandig removal of applications. It not only completely removes the software (nothing gets left behind if you choose advanced mode), but also have the option to search your computer for junk files etc.

    Also you should try SpywareBlaster if you have a problem with spyware. It stops new spyware from even reaching your hard-drive.

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