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    Vampire Weekend @Bernie's camisadelgolf's Avatar
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    Must-Have Freeware

    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

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    Re: Must-Have Freeware

    My name is Cheesy Beef Burrito

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    Re: Must-Have Freeware

    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.

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    Re: Must-Have Freeware

    Mozilla Firefox
    Mozilla Thunderbird
    AVG
    OpenOffice
    If you do a lot of writing, MiKTeK and a LaTeX compiler like TeXnicCenter (free) or WinEDT (not free, but much better than any free compiler). JabRef is a good TeX resource for citations.
    R for statistical work.

    WinRAR isn't freeware, btw.

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    Re: Must-Have Freeware

    Great suggestions. I also forgot to mention Skype (even though Google will probably make it obsolete within the next couple years).

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    Re: Must-Have Freeware

    Glary Utilities
    Smart Defrag
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    Notepad++ is nice for coders
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    Re: Must-Have Freeware

    Quote Originally Posted by camisadelgolf View Post
    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?
    Raisel Ghul, the Demon's Head

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    Re: Must-Have Freeware

    Quote Originally Posted by TRF View Post
    Windows 7?
    Yup. (I'm not proud, but it was cheap.)

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    Re: Must-Have Freeware

    Media Player Classic - Plays lots of stuff but isn't a resource hog.

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    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.
    Raisel Ghul, the Demon's Head

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    Re: Must-Have Freeware

    ubuntu
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    Re: Must-Have Freeware

    Quote Originally Posted by ochre View Post
    ubuntu
    Yep

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    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.
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    Re: Must-Have Freeware

    Quote Originally Posted by camisadelgolf View Post
    Yup. (I'm not proud, but it was cheap.)
    What is so bad about Windows 7?


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