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colby 08-28-2006 21:15

The Free Useful Apps Thread
I'm bored, and I figured this forum needed at least one useful thread in it. Recommend any free applications that you find useful (Win32 or Linux), and provide a brief description for each one.

Ad-Aware - Yeah, everyone knows this one. One of the best programs for detecting and removing spyware/adware.

Spybot - Search & Destroy - Another popular program for getting rid of spyware/adware.

Audacity - A open source audio editor and recorder.

AVG Free - Great Anti-Virus Software.

Avast! - Another great Anti-Virus Software.

Irfanview - An awesome app for viewing and editing pictures.

Mp3Tag - Makes editing ID3 tags so much easier.

IZArc - From their site:
"IZArc is the ultimate archive utility supports many archive formats like: 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BIN, BZ2, BZA, C2D, CAB, CDI, CPIO, DEB, ENC, GCA, GZ, GZA, HA, IMG, ISO, JAR, LHA, LIB, LZH, MDF, MBF, MIM, NRG, PAK, PDI, PK3, RAR, RPM, TAR, TAZ, TBZ, TGZ, TZ, UUE, WAR, XXE, YZ1, Z, ZIP, ZOO."

OpenOffice - A great alternative to Microsoft's Office Suite. - Has many awesome apps including Real Alternative, which allows you to play realmedia files without Real Player, and Quicktime Alternative, which allows you to play quicktime files without Quicktime Player.

CDex - One of the best CD Rippers around. (Get the newest version of the LAME mp3 encoder at, r3mix preset FOR THE WIN)

RegCleaner - Useful for cleaning out your registry and startup processes.

HijackThis - The BEST program for managing Windows's startup processes.


SweatyBanana 08-28-2006 23:21

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Nice..this should be stickied!

oneofthedragon 08-28-2006 23:29

Re: The Free Useful Apps Thread Links to all the mapping tools a begining (or intermediate) mapper could ever need! (There are no downloads on that site, just a link to programs)

SweatyBanana 08-28-2006 23:32

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You think it says click the images to view the program enough?

oneofthedragon 08-28-2006 23:44

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Well, they're idiot (me) proof.:stupid: I'll bet they dont get more then ~4000 emails a week, about 1/10000 of what I send to support a week.

colby 08-29-2006 17:56

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I also forgot this, which is awesome.

MaximusBrood 08-30-2006 09:16

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Originally Posted by colby (Post 374831)
I also forgot this, which is awesome.

Why is it awsome that you forgot to mention that program?

Om3gA 08-30-2006 11:10

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CCleaner 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 contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)

Microsoft Windows Defender (formally known as Windows AntiSpyware) is a security technology that helps protect Windows users from spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Known spyware on your PC can be detected and removed. This helps reduce negative effects caused by spyware, including slow PC performance, annoying pop-up ads, unwanted changes to Internet settings, and unauthorized use of your private information. Continuous protection improves Internet browsing safety by guarding more than 50 ways spyware can enter your PC.

ZoneAlarm is an easy-to-use firewall that blocks hackers and other unknown threats.

* Intrusion Blocking systematically identifies hackers and blocks access attempts.
* Stealth Mode automatically makes your computer invisible to anyone on the Internet.
* Automatic Program Configuration provides safety and simplicity by automatically configuring programs. Automatically decides whether to allow or deny Internet access to individual programs.
* Expert Controls give savvy users precise control over security settings.

Part of Microsoft's free Powertoys collection of utilities, TweakUI gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows XP default user interface, including mouse settings, Explorer settings, taskbar settings, and more.

WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format.

Archive file formats supported are ZIP, RAR, ACE, CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, BZ2, UUE, JAR, ISO, 7Z and Z.

Cute FTP Home is a utility for transferring files between your computer and a remote File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server anywhere on the Internet.

It offers the perfect blend of ease-of-use and performance for the home or personal FTP user. Whether publishing a Web page, downloading the latest digital images, music and software or transferring large files between your home and office. Cute FTP Home will get the job done quickly and easily, even if you are a beginner.

WARNING: This software contains an optional adware toolbar. We recommend you deselect this option during installation.

DAEMON Tools is a virtual cd/dvd-rom emulator and is able to emulate nearly all known copy protections on the market today.

DAEMON Tools supports the following image files:

* cue/bin
* iso
* ccd (CloneCD)
* bwt (Blindwrite)
* mds (Media Descriptor File)
* cdi (Discjuggler)
* nrg (Nero)
* pdi (Instant CD/DVD)
* b5t (BlindWrite 5)

The AntiVir Personal Edition offers the effective protection against computer viruses for the individual and private use on a single PC-workstation. In order to make possible an easy operation, the AntiVir Personal Edition is developed to the essential points.

You'll be amazed how thoroughly AntiVir protects:

* detects and removes more than 150,000 viruses
* always among the winners of comparison test featured in computer journals
* the resident Virus Guard serves to monitor file movements automatically, e.g. downloading of data from the internet
* scanning and repair of macro viruses
* protection against previously unknown macro viruses
* safeguard against cost generating dial-up program
* protection against trojaner, worms, backdoors, jokes and other harmful programs
* easy operation
* Internet-Update Wizard for easy updating
* Protection against previously unknown boot record viruses and master boot record viruses

Spyware, adware, browser hijackers, and dialers are some of the fastest-growing threats on the Internet today. By simply browsing to a web page, you could find your computer to be the brand-new host of one of these unwanted fiends!

The most important step you can take is to secure your system. And SpywareBlaster is the most powerful protection program available.

* Prevent the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted software.
* Block spyware/tracking cookies in Internet Explorer and Mozilla/Firefox.
* Restrict the actions of potentially unwanted sites in Internet Explorer.

SpywareBlaster can help keep your system spyware-free and secure, without interfering with the "good side" of the web. And unlike other programs, SpywareBlaster does not have to remain running in the background.

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Pro Patria Finland 08-30-2006 12:02

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Advanced Windows Care is the latest useful program I downloaded. Helpful tool, when you're not arsed to clean your registry by hand etc. :)

Lord_Destros 08-30-2006 12:58

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Originally Posted by Pro Patria Finland (Post 375145)

Best thing since pie!

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