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camisadelgolf
02-21-2010, 11:00 PM
I just ordered a new computer, and I'm wondering if any of you have any recommendations for freeware I should download. Here are some things I'm definitely downloading:

Google Chrome
Winamp
avast!
Malwarebytes
Hijack-This
CCleaner
BitTorrent
WinRAR
QuickTime

yab1112
02-22-2010, 12:08 AM
Here are a few of the ones I use:
Update Checker (http://www.filehippo.com/updatechecker/)
Youtube Downloader (http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/)
Intellitunes (http://www.kivela.be/index.php/apps/intelliTunes-iTunes-addition)
Filezilla (http://filezilla-project.org/)
Unlocker (http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/)

Javy Pornstache
02-22-2010, 12:09 AM
I know you mentioned Chrome, but I would recommend Firefox with the NoScript and AdBlock plug-ins to help protect/speed the computer. Everything else I can think of is already on your list.

pahster
02-22-2010, 08:20 AM
Mozilla Firefox (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/firefox.html)
Mozilla Thunderbird (http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/)
AVG (http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage)
OpenOffice (http://www.openoffice.org/)
If you do a lot of writing, MiKTeK (http://miktex.org/)and a LaTeX compiler like TeXnicCenter (http://www.texniccenter.org/) (free) or WinEDT (http://www.winedt.com/)(not free, but much better than any free compiler). JabRef (http://jabref.sourceforge.net/)is a good TeX resource for citations.
R (http://www.r-project.org/) for statistical work.

WinRAR isn't freeware, btw.

camisadelgolf
02-22-2010, 09:59 AM
Great suggestions. I also forgot to mention Skype (even though Google will probably make it obsolete within the next couple years).

TRF
02-22-2010, 04:16 PM
Glary Utilities
Smart Defrag

TRF
02-22-2010, 04:17 PM
Notepad++ is nice for coders

TRF
02-22-2010, 04:17 PM
I just ordered a new computer, and I'm wondering if any of you have any recommendations for freeware I should download. Here are some things I'm definitely downloading:

Google Chrome
Winamp
avast!
Malwarebytes
Hijack-This
CCleaner
BitTorrent
WinRAR
QuickTime

Windows 7?

camisadelgolf
02-22-2010, 08:00 PM
Windows 7?
Yup. (I'm not proud, but it was cheap.)

durl
02-23-2010, 09:00 AM
Media Player Classic - Plays lots of stuff but isn't a resource hog.

TRF
02-23-2010, 09:57 AM
I have it too, and really happy with it so far. Smart defrag is a must have for any windows user. I've had Windows 7 for about 4 months now, and it has never been more than 3% fragmented. Glary Utilities is like CCleaner, but i like it better. And IMO Spybot S&D is one of the better anti-spyware programs out there.

ochre
02-23-2010, 10:20 AM
ubuntu

westofyou
02-23-2010, 10:24 AM
ubuntu

Yep

TRF
02-23-2010, 11:14 AM
I loaded ubuntu on my 11 year old daughter's acer netbook. very sweet. Added it to an old Pentium III for my son, just need a new video card and it runs pretty quick on it too with less than a Gb of RAM.

dougdirt
02-23-2010, 04:09 PM
Yup. (I'm not proud, but it was cheap.)

What is so bad about Windows 7?

TeamSelig
02-23-2010, 04:37 PM
I've heard Windows 7 is pretty nice.

camisadelgolf
02-23-2010, 07:29 PM
What is so bad about Windows 7?
A lot of computer snobs hate it because it's not the OS they use and/or is made by Microsoft.

jmcclain19
02-23-2010, 08:36 PM
A lot of computer snobs hate it because it's not the OS they use and/or is made by Microsoft.

Lots of people like paying an extra $500-$1k so they can have a picture of a partially eaten fruit on their CPU box.

In that same vein - RocketDock is one of my favorite free apps. It basically cribs Apple's app launcher bar so you can put it on your PC. Done wonders to clean up my desktop.

http://rocketdock.com/

Also can't recommend Open Office enough. I use Office 07 At work and Open Office at home at the integration of the two are pretty seamless.

dougdirt
02-23-2010, 09:11 PM
A lot of computer snobs hate it because it's not the OS they use and/or is made by Microsoft.

So there is nothing wrong with it at all? Gotcha.

pahster
02-24-2010, 08:42 AM
A lot of computer snobs hate it because it's not the OS they use and/or is made by Microsoft.

I dunno, I'm a computer snob and I and every other snob I know like Windows 7 quite a bit. The only problems I've encountered are because some manufacturers don't want to make drivers for some of their older hardware.

westofyou
02-24-2010, 09:36 AM
The only person I've heard rip on Windows 7 is the Mac commercial, I have it on my laptop and it's fine, as is XP on my desktops.

In fact most computer snobs I know are snobby but could care less about Macs. But then again 100% of the computer snobs I know actually program software so they prefer to work on Win Machines over Macs everyday of the year.

TRF
02-24-2010, 09:43 AM
XP is an ok OS if you keep it updated, firewalled and avoid IE6 like the plague. Windows 7 is light years better IMO. Vista should be ignored like the creepy uncle you don't leave alone with the kids.

I have to push Smart Defrag again though. after spyware/malware and all the crap Glary and CCleaner gets rid of, a fragmented HD is a big reason machines slow down. Smart Defrag will do its work on a schedule and whenever the machine is idle. with various types of defragging too. Just love it, great software.

westofyou
02-24-2010, 09:46 AM
IE 6 is not supported by Windows in 2010, we have a whole division that still has it, it's a UI nightmare.

TRF
02-24-2010, 10:26 AM
IE 6 is not supported by Windows in 2010, we have a whole division that still has it, it's a UI nightmare.

yup and we have people here doing the same thing and REFUSING to update to newer browsers because they "don't want to lose anything."

OldRightHander
02-24-2010, 10:59 AM
I have to push Smart Defrag again though. after spyware/malware and all the crap Glary and CCleaner gets rid of, a fragmented HD is a big reason machines slow down. Smart Defrag will do its work on a schedule and whenever the machine is idle. with various types of defragging too. Just love it, great software.

I'm downloading it right now on my PC. I hope it lives up to your recommendation.

durl
02-24-2010, 11:17 AM
Lots of people like paying an extra $500-$1k so they can have a picture of a partially eaten fruit on their CPU box.

In that same vein - RocketDock is one of my favorite free apps. It basically cribs Apple's app launcher bar so you can put it on your PC. Done wonders to clean up my desktop.

http://rocketdock.com/

I like RocketDock, too. Especially on my netbook where space is at a premium.

camisadelgolf
02-24-2010, 03:25 PM
XP is an ok OS if you keep it updated, firewalled and avoid IE6 like the plague. Windows 7 is light years better IMO. Vista should be ignored like the creepy uncle you don't leave alone with the kids.
This was my exact impression. I've had Windows XP for the past ~5 years, and I've had hardly any trouble. The one time I did, it was from a trojan on a local website.

TRF
02-24-2010, 03:51 PM
I'm downloading it right now on my PC. I hope it lives up to your recommendation.

ORH, the immediate improvement will be seen the next time you turn it on, but that's the case anytime you defrag. It has three modes, defrag, fast optimize and deep optimize. the optimize means it tries to put the clusters of a file as close to each other as possible, making the load of the file faster. If you set it to auto defrag when idle, you won't get more that 2-3% fragmented, even after 6 months of use.

kpresidente
03-08-2010, 08:17 AM
Evernote - like OneNote
7-Zip - like WinRAR
GIMP - like Photoshop
SpamBays - add-on for Outlook
KompoZer - like FrontPage (used to be called NVU)

GIDP
03-08-2010, 08:24 AM
VLC
CCleaner
Open Office

TRF
03-08-2010, 09:38 AM
Evernote - like OneNote
7-Zip - like WinRAR
GIMP - like Photoshop
SpamBays - add-on for Outlook
KompoZer - like FrontPage (used to be called NVU)

Gimp is like Photoshop LE, not Full on Photoshop.

not even close.

SpamBays isn't compatible with Windows 7 running Outlook 2007. If you have earlier versions though, I hear it is very good.

thorn
03-08-2010, 01:02 PM
Microsoft Security Essentials (Not sure if Win 7 comes with it, but it's a free virus program)

Advanced System Care, great program and the free version is more than enough.

IOBit 360, it's a part of advanced system care, but a seperate download is required.
Open Office.org.

By the way, if you go to cnet.com, it's a great source for reviews, etc. Not just freeware but hardware and "Electronics" in general, one of my favorite sites.

With the above programs running on bothy my XP and Vista Machines, it makes paying for slow, resource hungry virus/spyware programs obsolete.

kpresidente
03-12-2010, 03:38 PM
SpamBays isn't compatible with Windows 7 running Outlook 2007. If you have earlier versions though, I hear it is very good.

Eh? I have Windows 7 and Outlook 2007 with no problems.

smith288
03-12-2010, 03:58 PM
Lots of people like paying an extra $500-$1k so they can have a picture of a partially eaten fruit on their CPU box.

In that same vein - RocketDock is one of my favorite free apps. It basically cribs Apple's app launcher bar so you can put it on your PC. Done wonders to clean up my desktop.

http://rocketdock.com/

Also can't recommend Open Office enough. I use Office 07 At work and Open Office at home at the integration of the two are pretty seamless.
The extra money i paid for the partially eaten fruit was more than worth it. With the solid hardware, durable casing, fast OS loaded with extras... Love my decision. Im a dotnet devleoper so I run VMWare's Fusion to run windows 7 inside the mac.

Best of both world to be honest. Windows 7 is pimp compared to previous MS operating systems but OSX beat it overall if you are in it for the casual user.

Revering4Blue
04-25-2010, 10:49 AM
Threatfire--Blocks Trojans, Malware and Spyware.

http://www.threatfire.com/about/

Cleanmem and Minimem.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/Memory-Tweak/CleanMem.shtml

http://main.kerkia.com/tools/default.aspx

FutureRedsGM
04-25-2010, 05:47 PM
What's the best "freeware" registry cleaner? I'm getting an error every time I try to install Vista Service Pack 2. In researching the error, most places say that I have some registry issues. I just recently started using McAfee for virus protection, etc, but these issues were present before getting McAfee.

EDIT: The error codes are 490 and more recently 800B0100.

GIDP
04-25-2010, 05:56 PM
I dont know about best but I use CCleaner.

TRF
04-25-2010, 08:53 PM
I like Glary Utilities. will also defrag your registry

Redlegs_87
04-26-2010, 05:49 PM
Revo Uninstaller (http://download.cnet.com/Revo-Uninstaller/3000-2096_4-10687648.html) - Uninstall almost any program and get rid of all traces.

Foxit Reader (http://filehippo.com/download_foxit/) - Replace Adobe pdf viewer with this since many viruses and malware use pdf exploits

Sandboxie (http://filehippo.com/download_sandboxie/) - Open up your browser, mail and other programs inside sandboxie to use them securely. Anything inside the sandbox cannot get out and touch other system components unless you allow them to so if a virus installs in the sandbox you can just delete it.

Deragler (http://filehippo.com/download_defraggler/) - From the makers of CCleaner. Though you don't really need a defragger if you have windows 7 since it takes care of your drive on the fly and such.

Revering4Blue
08-21-2010, 10:37 AM
CCleaner enhancer.

http://thewebatom.net/programs/ccleaner-enhancer/

couch_manager
08-21-2010, 02:40 PM
Media Player Classic Home Cinema (http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/) in conjunction with ffdshow tryouts (http://ffdshow-tryout.sourceforge.net/)

Handbrake (http://handbrake.fr/)--video encoding

CDex (http://cdexos.sourceforge.net/)--CD ripping

ImgBurn (http://www.imgburn.com/)--burning software

CDBurnerXP (http://cdburnerxp.se/)--burning software

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware free version (http://www.malwarebytes.org/)

Super Anti-Spyware free version (http://www.superantispyware.com/)

PrimoPDF (http://www.primopdf.com/index.aspx)--print to PDF

Keepass (http://keepass.info/)--password manager

kpresidente
08-26-2010, 10:40 AM
Of course, the real best place for "freeware"....

The Pirate Bay.

Or so I'm told...:)

BoydsOfSummer
08-26-2010, 11:15 PM
I don't know if it's the best place for freeware, but it's the best I've found. Majorgeeks.com

Revering4Blue
08-27-2010, 11:01 PM
I don't know if it's the best place for freeware, but it's the best I've found. Majorgeeks.com

Here's an excellent site.

And you don't have to weed out the shareware.

http://www.freewarefiles.com/

FutureRedsGM
02-17-2011, 01:11 AM
Any suggestions for a free budget program?

TRF
02-17-2011, 09:19 AM
Any suggestions for a free budget program?

try mint.com.