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A few things i use :)

 

Aimp2

AIMP2 is a free music player for your PC.This freeware player comes with an integrated audio-converter, a sleep function, a tag editor, an audio-grabber and an audio-recorder and much more.

http://www.aimp.ru/index.php?do=static&page=player_en

 

MRU-Blaster is a program made to do one large task - detect and clean MRU (most recently used) lists on your computer.

http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/mrublaster.html

 

BIMP Lite

BIMP Lite is a small and simple batch processor for image files, that allows you to perform various functions on multiple images

http://cerebralsynergy.com/download.php?view.52

 

Cablenut

CableNut is a tool for optimizing your Internet Connection.

http://cablenut.com/

 

Windows Worms Doors Cleaner

Little tool to disable DCOM, Locator, NetBIOS, UPNP, and MESSENGER

http://gladiator-antivirus.com/forum/index...showtopic=12129

 

Sytem 47

Star Trek LCARS Screen Saver

http://mewho.com/system47/

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2BrightSparks Freeware:

Web: http://www.2brightsparks.com/freeware/freeware-hub.html

 

This is just three of their programs I use, they have more though!

 

DeleteOnClick

 

Supports:

Microsoft Windows Vista, XP, 2003, 2000, 98, 98SE, ME, and NT 4. Please note that Windows 95 is not supported.

 

About:

DeleteOnClick is a simple to use secure file deletion utility that is implemented as a new context menu in Windows Explorer (right-click on a file or folder to securely delete it). Securely deleted files cannot be undeleted. It follows the U.S. DOD 5220.22-M secure file deletion standard.

 

After you've installed the software you must restart your computer as instructed by the setup wizard. This is necessary for the shell extension to become active in Windows Explorer.

 

 

 

 

HashOnClick

 

Supports:

Microsoft Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/2003 and Vista. Please note that Windows 95 is not supported.

 

About:

HashOnClick is a very simple to use file validation utility.

 

HashOnClick quickly and easily provides information to compare hash values side by side to establish the data in one file exactly matches (or not) the data in another. Ensure that the files you receive haven't been tampered with.

 

It can export the hash as a text document, or into the clipboard and uses the following format, for example:

EE6D0D869C2DB7240FF1278BFDA3B898 somefile.exe

 

After you've installed the software you must restart your computer as instructed by the setup wizard. This is necessary for the shell extension to become active in Windows Explorer.

 

 

 

 

FireLogXP

 

Supports:

Microsoft Windows XP. Please note that other versions of Windows are not supported.

 

About:

This is a simple program for people using Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) in Windows XP. It will read the log file and show you who is trying to get into your computer, and through which ports. The data can be filtered to include/exclude protocols, connection types, and TCP flags.

 

FireLogXP includes connections to on-line resources to give you more information on what a specific port is for and how it may be being exploited.

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Ok, Here we go. Lets compile a list of the best freeware that we know (please include links and a short description ). Also make sure it is malware free! I see some great stuff on this forum and if we put all of the great programs in the same place not only will it be easier for us but for the new people who come to this forum every day.

 

My favorites:

 

Open Office 2.0

A replacement to ms office and a money saver.

http://download.openoffice.org/680/index.html

 

CD burner xp pro

(this was reccomended to me buy agumon)- the name says it all

http://www.cdburnerxp.se/index.php

Picasa 2

the best photo organizer ever! with great simple photo editing(remove red eye, adjust lighting and sharpness) also with gmail you can email pictures to people within the program.

http://www.picasa.com/index.php?tid=Y2NpZD0zNzQ4

 

Hi

Must agree with you about Picassa it is the best free photo organizer ever and easy to us and the way it links to your web albums is realy good.

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SuperTux - SuperTux is a classic 2D jump'n run sidescroller game in a style similar to the original SuperMario games. The Milestone1 release of SuperTux features 9 enemies, 26 playable levels, software and OpenGL rendering modes, configurable joystick and keyboard input, new music and completly redone graphics. Together with a little story, we hope to provide a good gaming experince with this first Milestone release.

 

 

 

 

SuperTux 0.3.1 - The 0.3.x versions series is meant to show of new features of the engine, new graphics and such. It is not meant to be fully playable or polished.

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Below I have listed the programs I would not be without. I have used them for a long time and they all run flawlessly. Like I said, they are real gems in my opinion. And no, I don't work for the companies :D I hope some of you will find them as useful as I have!

 

(1) StickyPad: an invaluable, easy-to-use tool that lets you place sticky notes on your desktop. Since installing this program I have not had to write one single note on paper at my PC, I use StickyPad instead. Also great because you can set reminders!

http://www.greeneclipse.com/stickypad.html

 

(2) PopTray: a full-featured, customizable, e-mail notifier. Easy to use. I have 6 email accounts and find this really helpful.

http://www.poptray.org/

 

(3) tinySpell: a utility that allows you to easily and quickly check and correct the spelling in any Windows application. Gives a slight audible beep when you make a spelling error - you can ignore and add words to its memory.

http://tinyspell.m6.net/

 

(4) Password Safe: allows you to safely and easily create a secured and encrypted user name/password list. What I also like about this program is it allows you to just click a link and it connects to the website. Very easy tp use.

http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net/

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Laserix 2 - " Laserix is a flash game created by Jason Storhed, a video game designer student. This game is just 100% fun and perfect transpose to PSP !!!!. I have tried it once and became a big fan! After a couple of days, and few broken PSPs, I finished the 13 levels. Oh no! What am I gonna do !!! I contacted Jason, to ask for more, but he was busy with his exams. So guess what, I decided to create my own levels.

 

Now you can play 52 levels (incuding the 13 orignals masterpiece) and try to finsih the game. Good Luck and have a blast!!!

 

Laserix is a laser that should go through all diamonds on the grid. The only way to do it, is to use mirrors, in the right position and adjust them to define the right laser path. Laserix is a real ?Chinese puzzle?. There is no need for 3D or video. The game is just fun!!! "

Scroll to bottom of page to download for PSP and PC(PC version via Lua Player).

 

WinDirStat - See Image

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New program from the makers of Wavosaur.

 

Streamosaur:

 

Streamosaur is a real time direct to disk recorder software for Windows XP and Vista.

Record your sound card inputs : microphone, input lines from external mixer, audio tape and more record from any web streams and more !

Streamosaur is a completely portable software without entries in registry.

Streamosaur doesn’t need installer: unzip the file in a directory and launch the exe file.

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VLC Media Player. It has a ton of stuff built in for streaming.

 

VLC's latest upgrade was a godsend.

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What is the best freeware is a matter of taste and opinion though many will agree with me on these:

 

Internet Browser

 

Mozilla Firefox with NoScript, PhProxy-InBasic, McAfee SiteAdvisor, Image Zoom, IE Tab, Firebug, DownloadHelper, CustomizeGoogle, Adblock Plus, Adblock Filter.G Updater, Adblock Element Hiding Helper, RefControl (set to block referrers) , CS Lite, Refcontrol. This is just simply the best set up!

 

Security

 

Online Armor Personal Firewall darn good for a free firewall

Avast! Home Edition paid antiviruses are better but this is sufficient

PeerGuardian IP blocker but not necessary

Truecrypt

Eraser in case you got something you must absolutely destroy

 

Cleaning Tools

 

CCleaner of course

 

Operating System

 

OpenBSD for servers perhaps though tough to use because of commandline

Puppy Linux for quickness and old computers

Ubuntu Linux as an alternative to Windows perhaps

 

Compression Tools

 

7-Zip latest version (even if it's beta I think)

 

Video and Audio Editing

 

MKVExtractGUI-1.6.4 and MKVtoolnix all in one folder joined together

AutoGK latest version

OGMDemuxer

VirtualdubMOD

Virtualdub

Audacity

VOBMerge

VOBBlanker

 

Disc Mounter

 

MagicDisc

 

Disc Rippers

 

DVDFab Platinum videos

Exact Audio Copy music

 

Disc Burners

 

Burrrn music

Imgburn videos

 

Disc Quality and Speed Checker

 

CDSpeed

 

Chatting

 

Digsby

XChat

 

Code Pack and media player

 

K-Lite Codec Pack Full

Office Suite (word processing etc.)

 

OpenOffice

 

Text Editor

 

Notepad++ it's a matter of preference on which text editor you like

 

Torrent Client

 

?Torrent only for Windows

 

 

All the good things in life are free :)

Did I miss anything by the way?

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Internet Browser

 

Mozilla Firefox with NoScript, PhProxy-InBasic, McAfee SiteAdvisor, Image Zoom, IE Tab, Firebug, DownloadHelper, CustomizeGoogle, Adblock Plus, Adblock Filter.G Updater, Adblock Element Hiding Helper, RefControl (set to block referrers) , CS Lite, Refcontrol. This is just simply the best set up!

 

I was told that the Filter.G Updater isn't very useful when it comes to Adblock Plus, and actually creates some difficulties. I've since abandoned it, and haven't noticed anything negative for it. Same with the Element Hiding Helper.

 

Digsby

 

To be perfectly honest, I find aMSN a good alternative for Windows Live Messenger, and Pidgin a wonderful alternative for everything else. (Only because libpurple has some issues with the MSN protocol).

 

Ubuntu Linux

 

When it comes to linux distros I find Arch-Linux to be a better distro, but, that is just personal opinion.

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I don't know if someone already said this, but Paint.NET is great for image editing. Especially with plugins (there are 150 plugins in the official forum...). I know some will say "yes, this is good for simple tasks but gimp is better", but really, you can only use PDN...with Custom Brushes and Smudge of course (both are plugins).

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AntiMalware section

 

CWShredder

Removes cool web search. Make sure you click on "stand alone CWShredder.

http://www.intermute.com/spysubtract/cwshr...r_download.html

Spyware Blaster

Stop spyware and adware from being downloaded in the first place. Just be shure to keep it up dated and to always click block all know issues after updating.

http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

Ad-Aware

removes adaware.

http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

 

Spybot

Removes spyware and immunizes your pc from know threats.

http://spybot.eon.net.au/en/index.html

Microsoft AntiSpyware

A antispyware tool from microsoft, includes a realtime scanner.

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx

 

CCleaner

(Crap Cleaner) is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less that a second to run) and FREE! :).

http://www.CCleaner.com/

 

HijackThis

creates logfiles of key areas of your hard drive and registry. Post log files on this forum to have them evaluated.

http://www.download.com/HijackThis/3000-80...tml?tag=lst-0-1

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VLC Media Player. It has a ton of stuff built in for streaming.

I recently discovered VLC and have been trying to rip dvd's to my hard drive, with little success. Googling the subject, I 've found instructions on Youtube and other sites, but they all seem to apply to a non-current version of VLC. The version I have is 0.9. Specifically, I get frequent crashes if I select Custom for my profile and then individually select entries in the Encapsulate - Video - Audio sections and then click Stream. Oddly enough, if I make no selections in those sections, then streaming seems to occur okay. But, that makes no sense to me.

 

Can anyone tell me the procedure they follow to rip DVD's in version 0.9?

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I recently discovered VLC and have been trying to rip dvd's to my hard drive, with little success. Googling the subject, I 've found instructions on Youtube and other sites, but they all seem to apply to a non-current version of VLC. The version I have is 0.9. Specifically, I get frequent crashes if I select Custom for my profile and then individually select entries in the Encapsulate - Video - Audio sections and then click Stream. Oddly enough, if I make no selections in those sections, then streaming seems to occur okay. But, that makes no sense to me.

 

Can anyone tell me the procedure they follow to rip DVD's in version 0.9?

 

Hi cc1, are you trying to "backup" your own original DVDs. If so, I can help, but not with VLC. I use other free software.

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Hi cc1, are you trying to "backup" your own original DVDs. If so, I can help, but not with VLC. I use other free software.

Hi Dennis. I have 4 youngsters, seven years old and younger. DVD's don't seem to last long here. I buy kids movies for them and it doesn't take long for the dvd's to be damaged. So I want to be able to copy those original dvd's onto my hard drive and then burn them onto backup dvd's for the kids to use (while I keep and protect the originals). That way, I won't be hyper about how the kids are handling them and I won't be seeing money fly out the window.

 

I've got some experience recording and editing streaming audio. But I'm new to video apps. I first became aware of VLC when I was reviewing information on Portable Apps web site. I like that VLC is portable and, presumably, doesn't write to the registry. But, as stated in my preceding post today, the new version (0.9) seems quirky and the documentation is not particularly helpful.

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