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Postby Precise_Moon » Thu Feb 01, 2007 12:23 pm

http://www.cdburnerxp.se/ Exactly as it says,a free cd/dvd burning software

http://www.gimp.org/ sort of a photoshop thingy for free

http://free.grisoft.com/doc/1 good free security software

http://www.recommended-download.com/ad- ... MAod3wOXgA
Free spy ware

http://www.snapfiles.com/freeware/ Tons of other free stuff

If you have any GOOD FREE stuff feel FREE to share it


ps Also alternative web browser i recomend http://www.firefox-2-0.com/

I have used these things but am not liable for any thing!!!

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RE: Free software

Postby The_Emperor » Thu Feb 01, 2007 2:38 pm

Free spy ware? :shock: Who'd want that? :lol:

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Postby Ace_Azzameen_5 » Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:34 pm

alternative web browser? :shock: :x :cry: :?
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ffftw, at least over ie anyway.

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Postby eep » Thu Feb 01, 2007 4:04 pm

So i like free stuff too, so what?

I have to say that i like Firefox. Especially the extensions.

Neways, how about Paint.NET (basically a Photoshop-esque version of Paint made by some division of Microsoft, but unofficially, and for free). I think that it's more useable than GIMP, and there are addons for it (a major plus for me lol).

http://www.getpaint.net/download.html

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Postby ShadowHawk » Thu Feb 01, 2007 4:32 pm

Stickying it...


I have found a great deletion utility called Unlocker. This program force deletes files and folders from your hard drive even if they are locked by another program ("Cannot Delete Folder: It is being used by another person or program." error).

I've been cleaning out my USB hard drive (Old IDE hard drive encased in a USB closure) so I can have a portable storage device for my recorded TV shows (Never home when they come on, but that's what a MPC is for :D. I highly recommend getting XP Media Center or Windows Vista Home Premium when it comes out if you want a TIVO that plays BF: 2142), but some of the folders would not delete, even in safe mode (System Volume Information and WINDOWS are notorious for that, but for very good reasons. It holds your system restores. This is not my windows drive, so the folders were not needed). I found this program and it did the job very well. I've tried others, but this one is very simple to use and very powerful (plus it is free). If you have a troublesome file or folder, this program is perfect for you.

WARNING: This program will delete ANY file or folder so it is recommended to be used with caution. IT WILL cause your computer to no longer fuction if used carelessly. Please make triple sure it is not an important file/folder before deleting unless you like reinstalling windows.

http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/

Hope ya'll find this program useful.

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Postby [RDH]Zerted » Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:55 pm

Here are a few that I use all the time:

OpenOffice.org -An office suite like Microsoft Office (and can read/write MS files too)
Thunderbird -An email client. Use to replace Outlook or manage all your webmail accounts from a single place.
FreeMind - A mind mapping tool. Use to write down your thoughts.
Any Linux OS -Replace Windows at no cost. Many distiros, such as Ubuntu, provide a tool which lists hundreds of programs you can install at the click of a button (searchable and provides detailed descriptions of the programs/games).
KeePass -Stores your passwords (which should be randomly generated) in a secure place
Foxit Reader -Light weight (smalll and fast) PDF reader
Daemon Tools -CD/DVD drive emulator

Any chance of changing this topic into a request topic? Users say they need to do something and people post a good free program to do it? This topic could go on forever if we just list things.

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Postby Precise_Moon » Sun Feb 04, 2007 6:36 pm

Well i know there are lots but only post those that you use and which are useful alternatives....

http://www.ceruleanstudios.com/learn/ A universal MSN Format

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Postby PR-0927 » Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:49 pm

SpyBot!

Irfanview!

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Postby Precise_Moon » Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:47 pm

Try this http://www.utorrent.com/ I will leave it up to you on what you use it for...........For films/music and lots of other stuff

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Postby FireFlame » Sat Mar 31, 2007 2:57 pm

A great program for video recording and other stuff. http://www.techsmith.com/download/camtasiatrial.asp


Also another screen recording.ONLY for screen recording but better then the camtasia recorder.
http://www.hyperionics.com/hc/downloads.asp

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Postby Zaborack » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:28 am

I use IrfanView(use to convert anything to anything when it comes to pictures.) and UnFREEz mmostly when i make animations.
Daemon tools is also very handy.

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Postby Kaos4 » Thu May 17, 2007 4:43 pm

best site with thousands of free anti spyware and all sorts of programs. I use it a lot. http://www.download.com/

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Postby crazytieguy » Thu May 31, 2007 7:47 pm

Alternative free spyware removal software: Spybot-Search And Destroy

Plus really fast scans. :D

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Re: Free software

Postby VF501 » Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:39 pm

Added via request.
Original Post: viewtopic.php?f=37&t=21785&start=20


Piriform is a trust worthy company, they make 3 other highly useful computer tools, and I've never had an issue with them.

Defraggler- Hard Drive/Flash Drive defragmenter utility, faster then the built in Windows tool
CCleaner- System cleanup and registry cleaner. Much better then the Windows Cleanup utility
Recuva- Deleted file recovery application, works quite well.


I suggested CPU-Z because it does pull all the necessary info, and more, its reliable, problem free, and it is also used extensively by enthusiasts and overlockers.

I guarantee you that any Piriform application or CPU-Z will not mess your computer. I've used both for years with out problems.

Hardware Monitor (HWMonitor) is also a useful tool for watching part temperatures while running applications that eat up alot of system resources. Good tool to check for heating problems and to see if you have good cooling.

Links:
http://www.piriform.com/
http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php
http://www.cpuid.com/hwmonitor.php

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Re: Free software

Postby DarthHamster » Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:09 pm

AML Software's Free Registry Cleaner


I personally used this and it cleaned out an incredible amount of space. Besides cleaning your registry it also gets rid of huge amounts of junk files. Your computers control panel options only let you clean some of your temporary internet files. This program will find everything in your computer labeled as a temp file (anything labeled as a temp file is useless) and delete it.

Descriptions from the site.

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AML Free Registry Cleaner is Registry-cleaning software. It will safely clean and repair Windows Registry problems with a few clicks and enable you to enjoy a cleaner and more efficient PC. The Registry is the nerve center of your PC, and problems with the Windows Registry are a common cause of Windows crashes and error messages.

With a detailed startup-manager you can see what all programs start automatically with Windows and optionally disable them.

AML Free Registry Cleaner also finds and removes common junk files that accumulate over time. It comes pre-configured with 22 types of file extension that can usually be considered disposable, and you can extend the range by adding your own file types.



Link: http://www.amltools.com/

File Size: 2.72 MB

OS: Windows XP/2003/Vista/Windows7 (32 and 64 bit)

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Re: Free software

Postby Lozza » Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:17 am

http://www.openoffice.org/

A free "microsoft word', this program can also save work as many files, including .doc, so you might as well not buy microsoft work, this is great and fee :thumbs:

Has all the features of word, and even has different features. (symbols, word art etc)

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Re: Free software

Postby [Padawan]Helkaan » Wed Sep 29, 2010 2:31 pm

Lozza wrote:http://www.openoffice.org/

A free "microsoft word', this program can also save work as many files, including .doc, so you might as well not buy microsoft work, this is great and fee :thumbs:

Has all the features of word, and even has different features. (symbols, word art etc)

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[RDH]Zerted wrote:OpenOffice.org -An office suite like Microsoft Office (and can read/write MS files too)


And Openoffice has been buy by Oracle, and now the program isn't good...
I prefer LibreOffice.
Read this article (in french, sorry, but you can use a translator), and understand. LibreOffice is developped by the OoO team but abandonned by Oracle. So it's more good!
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Re: Free software

Postby AceMastermind » Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:50 pm

Wizard's Apprentice
    -Create a GUI for your batch files and other scripts
    For Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP

Gui4Cli
    -Create a GUI for your command line program
    For Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP

TeamViewer
    -All-In-One Solution for Remote Access and Support over the Internet

Screencast-O-Matic
    -Online screen recorder utilizing Java for creating screen capture video recordings from your browser.
    Pros
      No registration required
      Nothing to install
      Simple to use
      Record up to 15 minutes of video
      Free hosting
      Option to upload completed video directly to youtube

    Cons
      Small watermark on lower left of the completed video

ShowOff
    -Small utility that displays on-screen in real-time which keys or mouse buttons are pressed
    Useful when recording video tutorials and is fully configurable, you can change the font, colors, size, delay until fade etc.
    Similar software

ZoomIt
    -Small utility that can zoom in on an area of the screen, move around while zoomed, and draw on the zoomed image.
    Can be useful when recording video tutorials
    Works on all versions of Windows

IZArc
    -Archive utility supporting many popular formats including 7-ZIP, RAR and ZIP

Zamzar

Text Fixer
    -Online tool for alphabetizing text for lists etc. Similar to Sort My List

Color Cop

JoyToKey
    -A keyboard emulator for joysticks
    Use it when you want to control an application or game with joysticks that doesn't support joystick input.

Foreground Reference Utility
    -A utility which allows you to load an image that will overlay the screen even when using another application, this is useful for rotoscoping in 3d programs or for tracing images in Photoshop etc.
    This is for Windows only

Rename Master
    -A file renaming program useful for renaming any part of a file name or extension, can be used to rename many files at once.

Java Decompiler
    -Converts .class files back to .java

Advanced Renamer
    -Extremely versatile file and folder renaming tool

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Re: Free software

Postby [Padawan]Helkaan » Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:33 am

Free installers:

(I don't include InnoSetup, it's too popular :? )

Wix toolkit for developpers
By Bob Arnson and Rob Mensching
To make a .msi installer using XML.

HM SIS Edit
by Hector Mauricio Rodriguez Segura
To make a NSIS installer without knowledge of NSIS scripting .

Ghost Installer Studio Demo Edition and Ghost Installer Free
By Ethalone solutions inc.
An advanced installer with GUI and Wizard.

Izpack
By the Izpack developpement team
To make an installer using Java (knowledges in Java programming needed)

PackJaket
By Amandeep Grewal and Manodasan Wignarajah
A GUI version of Izpack

There are a lot of free installers on the web. :D

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Re: Free software

Postby Lozza » Sat Oct 02, 2010 2:22 am

I found this fun software called PC Pranks.

What it does is prank your computer by giving it the blue screen of death/a window that chases your mouse/a window while run away from the mouse etc.

Its really good a free, well... the free version anyway.

http://download.cnet.com/PC-Pranks/3000-31712_4-10582604.html

and theres another good prank software here

http://rjlpranks.com/pranks/ (this website can download the pranks separately so you don't need the whole pranks mainframe, which is much much better)

I put the fake delete prank on my friends usb and renamed the prank to 'Mario Brothers Forever Gold Edition'. It was funny...

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