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richard

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Recommended Freeware.
« on: Mar 21, 07, 09:13 PM »
Post links to freeware you recommend in this thread.

Link only to programs you've actually tried out, not just 'any old thing you like the look of.'

Make a point of avoiding links to shiteware, other wise bogling with extreme prejudice will surely follow!

Kat

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #1 on: Mar 21, 07, 10:08 PM »
http://www.wheresjames.com/index.php?page=startupmgr

"There are several programs running on your computer right now doing nothing useful. Just hogging precious memory and CPU cycles.

WheresJames Startup Manager will allow you to view the programs that start with Windows and disable or delete them if you like."

richard

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #2 on: Mar 21, 07, 10:10 PM »
The king of image viewers - it'll do pretty much all of your 'routine' photo-optimising too.

http://www.irfanview.com/

Much used, and highly recommended.

Kat

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #3 on: Mar 21, 07, 10:12 PM »
"PrcView is a process viewer utility that displays detailed information about processes running under Windows. For each process it displays memory, threads and module usage. For each DLL  it shows full path and version information. PrcView comes with a command line version that allows you to write scripts to check if a process is running, kill it, etc."

http://www.teamcti.com/pview/prcview.htm

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #4 on: Mar 21, 07, 10:13 PM »
I've been using JExplorer filemanager for ages and have never had any problems with it... It does a lot of other stuff as well, you can even use it as a web-browser, but I use the filemanager part all the time....

http://www.everrex.com/

richard

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #5 on: Mar 21, 07, 10:14 PM »
With all the usual warnings about the safety or otherwise of downloading shared content - at least with this one the client itself is trustworthy.

http://www.phex.org/mambo/

It connects to the Gnutella network, and can be configured to share any folder of your choosing rather than just sharing all your stuff without asking!

It can also be set up into a 'private' p2p network, accessible only to people you've given an account to - I can see a lot of potential uses for that, and some of them are even legal. ;)

Kat

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #6 on: Mar 21, 07, 10:14 PM »
"Batchrun will let you create batch files using a graphical interface. In the good old days of DOS .bat files took care of this task. They still do, but they're not exactly user friendly. With Batchrun .brs batch files you can launch any number of programs or dialup connections with just a simple click. You can control the starting process with many properties like priority or run mode and control their behavior a tad. You can even do more than starting programs with the built-in file management functions like Copy, Rename, Makedir, Delete and End Process. Batchrun batch files can be launched from Explorer or placed in StartUp folder or on the Desktop."

http://www.outertech.com/index.php?_charisma_page=product&id=1

Kat

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #7 on: Mar 21, 07, 10:18 PM »
CleanTemp.

"CleanTemp looks after your TEMP folder - that's the folder windows and other programs use to store temporary files. Unfortunately, these temporary files are not always deleted. They can build up and consume your disk space. CleanTemp can automatically delete these files for you. CleanTemp only runs when windows starts, so it does not use up any of your memory or processing power. Best of all - it's completely free!"

http://www.shareup.com/CleanTemp-download-24285.html

richard

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #8 on: Mar 21, 07, 10:19 PM »
7-zip is a very versatile archive manager.

It can handle zip and rar files very well, but also has it's own archive format available that can sometimes give a higher compression ratio than either if you don't need (or want?) your files easily opened by strangers.

http://www.7-zip.org/

Kat

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #9 on: Mar 21, 07, 10:21 PM »
Process monitor.

"Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity. It combines the features of two legacy Sysinternals utilities, Filemon and Regmon, and adds an extensive list of enhancements including rich and non-destructive filtering, comprehensive event properties such session IDs and user names, reliable process information, full thread stacks with integrated symbol support for each operation, simultaneous logging to a file, and much more. Its uniquely powerful features will make Process Monitor a core utility in your system troubleshooting and malware hunting toolkit.

Process Monitor runs on Windows 2000 SP4 with Update Rollup 1, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, and Windows Vista as well as x64 versions of Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Windows Vista."

Ex Winternals program.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/FileAndDisk/processmonitor.mspx

richard

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #10 on: Mar 21, 07, 10:29 PM »
BLjoin is a file joiner that works very well, and it's intuitive to use.

Get it here.

http://www.yproxy.com/downloads.html

richard

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #11 on: Mar 21, 07, 10:36 PM »
Need to create PDF files?

http://www.pdfforge.org/products/pdfcreator/

PDFcreator is free and open-source.

Once installed, it behaves just like a printer you can select in the drop-down list of the printers you have installed.

Completely intuitive to use, and the results are so reliable I use them in a live production environment.

Yes, it's even free for commercial use. :)

richard

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #12 on: Mar 21, 07, 10:39 PM »
My favourite of the many free firewalls available

http://www.zonealarm.com/store/content/catalog/products/sku_list_za.jsp?dc=12bms&ctry=GB&lang=en

It can be fiddly if you've got a home network, but it's never caused me any grief - but more importantly it performs very well where it counts, if you set it up right it's rock-solid even in it's 'free' version.

richard

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #13 on: Mar 21, 07, 10:42 PM »
If you need to rip CDs to MP3, or convert between wav and MP3, here's a simple and reliable way to do it.

http://cdexos.sourceforge.net/

The quality is very good, you've got lots of control over the process too.

Kat

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #14 on: Mar 21, 07, 11:48 PM »
Restoration

Been using it since W98SE. It's the same version.

Not one of those flash undelete programs that don't work as well as they think they do, this.

It's got a plain, simple interface. It's not NooB "Easy for a div to use" program.

No "Help" files, though there is a small "Read me".

It's quirky.

It works. FAT & NTFS.

Blurb and download here:

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html

Kat

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #15 on: Mar 21, 07, 11:59 PM »
Stellarium.

Open source planetarium.

For a freebie, it's bloody impressive. (Ta, Lisa!)

http://www.stellarium.org

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #16 on: Mar 22, 07, 12:04 AM »
From somewhere...

""Lunabar puts a lunar almanack in your taskbar. It accurately shows
the current phase of the moon and the zodiacal constellation and sign.
The phase, constellation or zodiacal sign is shown in a tooltip window
when your mouse hovers over the icon, and a full lunar almanack is
just a click away."
The Almanack is full of interesting information."

http://infra-azure.org/lunabar/
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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #17 on: Mar 22, 07, 02:18 AM »
used to use diskclean, now found this one I've been using successfully for 3 months. Highly recommended by me.

'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 than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :) '
www.ccleaner.com

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #18 on: Mar 22, 07, 06:43 AM »
Bin using ccleaner for a while!

Just used free commander to synch folders between my Data Partition and External Enclosure where my hard drive is backed up. Worked like a dream!

http://www.freecommander.com/
« Last Edit: Mar 22, 07, 06:48 AM by PCKitty »

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #19 on: Mar 22, 07, 08:23 AM »
Be careful with ccleaner

it can be too powerful & I frequently see problems after it has run
be very very careful with the registry cleaner part as many times the "unused or duplicate" entries are essential to be there

for a simple temp files & general clear up I prefer

Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune
This program is for XP and Windows 2000 only

      Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
      Under Main choose: Select All
      Click the Empty Selected button.

If you use Firefox browser

      Click Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
      Click the Empty Selected button.
      NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.

If you use Opera browser

      Click Opera at the top and choose: Select All
      Click the Empty Selected button.
      NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.

Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.

However if you have multiple accounts it does need running under every user account




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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #20 on: Mar 22, 07, 11:13 AM »
I've never had a problem and I don't use the registry cleaner.....

But I'll give the one you recommend a go....

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« Last Edit: Mar 22, 07, 11:19 AM by PCKitty »

Kat

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #21 on: Mar 22, 07, 02:54 PM »
Ever looked in Device Manager and found some marked "Unknown devices"?

Unknown Devices helps you find what those unknown devices really are.

http://www.halfdone.com/ukd/

Kat

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #22 on: Mar 22, 07, 02:57 PM »
Registry cleaner and other things to do with the registry, too.

http://www.hoverdesk.net/freeware.htm

Screwing about with the registry can cause you huge problems.

That having been said, this little baby has never given me any problems and I've been using it for yonks.

Kat

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #23 on: Mar 22, 07, 03:02 PM »
Getting tired of those requesters that keep popping up, when you ALWAYS click the same box, anyway?

How about a tool that does it, for you? Welcome PTFB. Originally, it was called "Push The Fucking Button" and became "Push The Freaking Button".

http://www.ptfbpro.com/index.shtml

The freeware version seems to be discontinued.

It's here:

http://smilies.our-local.co.uk/PTFB.zip

Kat

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Re: Recommended Freeware.
« Reply #24 on: Mar 22, 07, 03:05 PM »
My fave MP3 player:

http://www.quinnware.com/