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NaughtyMonkey
08-08-2010, 12:28 PM
I used to work at a computer shop and I know a lot of good free programs out there I thought I would share. I used to have a computer forum too and made a thread like this, I'll try to keep this updated. Please feel free to post or PM, if you no any other programs too. Please let me no if any links are down as well. Another note, most of these programs do have a pay version. If you have any questions just let me no.

Be sure to read and understand how to use each program prior to download!

I would also like to mention all the programs listed are for Windows, Some such as VLC does have a Linux and Mac version but those will not be listed at this time, Thank you.

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Anti Virus Programs (only run one at a time, if you decide to switch COMPLETELY uninstall the other one)

- AVG Free Edition 9.0 Main Site (http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage) Download (http://download.cnet.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-Free-Edition/3000-2239_4-10320142.html?part=dl-10044820&subj=dl&tag=button&cdlPid=11014801)

- Avast Free Edition Main Site (http://www.avast.com/index) Download (http://download.cnet.com/Avast-Free-Antivirus/3000-2239_4-10019223.html?part=dl-85737&subj=dl&tag=button)

Anti Spyware/Adware/Malware (Run as many as you like, these programs will not conflict.

- Spybot S&E Main Site (http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html) Download (http://www.safer-networking.org/en/mirrors/index.html)

- MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Main site (http://www.malwarebytes.org/) Download (http://majorgeeks.com/downloadget.php?id=5756&file=15&evp=693ee0b20204960edfd909666f809b26)

- Spyware Blaster 4.3 Main site (http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/index.html) Download (http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/sbdownload_setup.html)

- Bazooka: Adware & Spyware Scanner Main Site (http://www.kephyr.com/spywarescanner/index.html) Download (http://download.cnet.com/Bazooka-Adware-and-Spyware-Scanner/3000-8022_4-10247782.html?part=dl-bazooka&subj=dl&tag=button)

- Super antispyware Main site (http://www.superantispyware.com/) Download (http://www.superantispyware.com/downloadfile.html?productid=SUPERANTISPYWAREFREE)

- Ad-Aware Main Site (http://www.lavasoft.com/) Download (http://download.cnet.com/Ad-Aware-Free-Internet-Security/3000-8022_4-10045910.html?part=dl-ad-aware&subj=dl&tag=top5)

- Windows Defender (Comes with Vista and 7, Download to use with XP) Main Site (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/defender/default.mspx) Download (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/confirmation.aspx?familyId=435bfce7-da2b-4a6a-afa4-f7f14e605a0d&displayLang=en)

Computer Cleaner and Registry (Temp files and Registry)

- CCleaner (Crap Cleaner) Main Site (http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner) Download (http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner)

- ATF Cleaner Main Site (http://www.atribune.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25&Itemid=25) Download (http://majorgeeks.com/downloadget.php?id=4949&file=9&evp=72ef5a5e927b2276e6a5bc34c89d005a)

Disk De-fragmentation (Yes windows does have a Disk De-fragmentation program)

- Defraggler Main Site (http://www.piriform.com/defraggler) Download (http://www.filehippo.com/download_defraggler)

- Auslogics Disk Defrag Main site (http://www.auslogics.com/en/) Download (http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/disk-defrag/download/)

Firewall (Only run one of these programs at a time)

- Zone Alarm Main site (http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/home.htm?lid=en-us) Download (http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/anti-virus-spyware-free-download.htm)

- Comodo Main Site (http://personalfirewall.comodo.com/) Download (http://personalfirewall.comodo.com/free-download.html)


Image Editing and Viewing

- Gimp 2.6 (Compares to photoshop) Main site (http://www.gimp.org/) Download (http://sourceforge.net/projects/gimp-win/files/GIMP%20%2B%20GTK%2B%20%28stable%20release%29/GIMP%202.6.10%20%2B%20GTK%2B%202.16.6/gimp-2.6.10-i686-setup-1.exe/download)

- Picasa 3 (Image Viewer) Main site (http://picasa.google.com/#utm_campaign=en&utm_source=en-ha-na-us-bk&utm_medium=ha&utm_term=picasa) Download (http://picasa.google.com/thanks.html)

- Vallen Jpegger (Image Viewer) Main site (http://www.vallen.de/freeware/) Download (http://www.softpedia.com/progClean/Vallen-Jpegger-Clean-15286.html)

Audio and Video

- Itunes Main Site (http://www.apple.com/itunes/) Download (http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/)

- Songbird (its kinda like Itunes) Main Site (http://getsongbird.com/) Download (http://getsongbird.com/)

- VideoLan VLC Media Player Main site (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/) Download (http://sourceforge.net/projects/vlc/files/1.1.2/win32/vlc-1.1.2-win32.exe/download)

- K-Lite Codec Pack (Includes Media Player Classic) Main Site (http://www.codecguide.com/) Download (http://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm)

- Audacity (Audio Editor) Main Site (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/) Download (http://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity/files/audacity/1.2.6/audacity-win-1.2.6.exe/download)

File Archiver (File Manager)

- 7-Zip Main site (http://www.7-zip.org/) Download (http://sourceforge.net/projects/sevenzip/files/7-Zip/4.65/7z465.exe/download)

Word Processing

- Open Office (compares to Microsoft office and all its features, has excel etc) Main site (http://www.openoffice.org/) Download (http://download.openoffice.org/contribute.html?download=mirrorbrain&files/stable/3.2.1/OOo_3.2.1_Win_x86_install-wJRE_en-US.exe)

Internet Browsers

- Mozilla Firefox 3.6.8 Main Site (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/personal.html) Download (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/products/download.html?product=firefox-3.6.8&os=win&lang=en-US)

- Safari 5 Main site (http://www.apple.com/safari/) Download (http://www.apple.com/safari/download/)

- Google Chrome Main Site (http://www.google.com/chrome) Download (http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html)

- Opera Main Site (http://www.opera.com/) Download (http://www.opera.com/download/get.pl?id=33011&thanks=true&sub=true)

System Information and Monitoring

- Speccy Main Site (http://www.piriform.com/speccy) Download (http://www.filehippo.com/download_speccy)

- CPU-Z Main Site (http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html) Download (http://www.cpuid.com/downloads/cpu-z/1.55-setup-en.exe)

Partition Managers

- Partition Resizer Main Site (http://www.zeleps.com/) Download (http://www.zeleps.com/download.html)

- Ranish Partition Manager Main Site (http://www.ranish.com/part/) Download (http://www.ranish.com/part/)

- TestDisk Main Site (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk) Download (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download)

PDF Programs

- Adobe Reader 9 Main Site (http://www.adobe.com/products/reader/) Download (http://get.adobe.com/reader/thankyou/xpi/?installer=Reader_9.3.3_English_for_Windows&a=ARH&a=Air_Installer&d=McAfee_Security_Scan_Plus)

- Foxit 4.1 Main Site (http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/addons.php) Download (http://www.foxitsoftware.com/downloads/index.php)

- Cute PDF Main Site (http://www.cutepdf.com/) Download (http://www.cutepdf.com/)


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Linux Distros

Some people were talking about Linux Distros so I thought I would add this site: http://distrowatch.com/ its the number one site on seeing ALL the linux distros available. They have a top list of them, well just check it out if your a linux Fan.

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P.S. I would like to thank Librarian for making this thread a sticky.

Also as another side note, do not hold me responsible for any damage that may be done to your computer. I am not forcing you to try or use any program listed here, just trying to help. :)


Will keep this updated as often as possible.

Brianguy
08-08-2010, 5:34 PM
TrueCrypt for your encryption needs
http://www.truecrypt.org/

Added:
7-zip compression/archiver utility (open source and better than winrar & winzip)
http://www.7-zip.org/

i1800collect
08-08-2010, 9:02 PM
Communication:
- Digsby (http://www.digsby.com/) (IM Client)
- Pidgin (http://pidgin.im/download/) (IM Client)
- Skype (http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/) (VoIP Client)

Anti-Virus:
- Microsoft Security Essentials (http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/)

Video:
- K-Lite Codec Pack + Media Player Classic (http://www.codecguide.com/)

Audio:
- Songbird (http://getsongbird.com/)

Utilities:
- TeraCopy (http://www.codesector.com/teracopy.php) (File Copier)
- Revo Uninstaller (http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html) (Uninstaller)
- Dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTQ1OTYzNzE5) (Awesome online file storage, file sync, file sharing site!)
- ImgBurn (http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download) (CD/DVD Burner)
- FileZilla (http://filezilla-project.org/) (FTP Client)
- uTorrent (http://www.utorrent.com/) (Torrent Client)
- Bullzip PDF Printer (http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download) (PDF Printer)

Librarian
08-08-2010, 10:02 PM
Stickied - and a few posts trimmed out.

whobob
08-08-2010, 10:56 PM
If you are looking for a free and powerful OS with all the applications you will ever need, www.ubuntu.com

Ricky-Ray
08-09-2010, 12:15 AM
http://www.freewarefiles.com

I find alot of what I'm looking for here.

Ricky-Ray
08-11-2010, 4:05 PM
KM Player - Audio/Video player http://kmplayer.en.softonic.com/

Primo PDF - Create pdf files by just clicking on print. http://www.primopdf.com/index.aspx

Cross Loop - Allows you to remote to another PC and take control of it. http://www.crossloop.com

Internet Video Converter - Converts any video file to a different format. http://www.ivcsoft.com/wordpress/

Lupas Rename - Massive file and folder renamer. http://rename.lupasfreeware.org/

todd2968
09-27-2010, 5:02 PM
Why not just go to www.filehippo.com it has most you've individually listed all together.

freonr22
09-27-2010, 5:05 PM
For speeding up Calguns

Adblock add-on for Mozilla




https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1865/

NSR500
11-13-2010, 6:21 PM
USB portable desktop apps: www.portableapps.com

den888
11-23-2010, 8:13 AM
Free 50 GB (50 gigabytes, that is) of cloud storage - www.adrive.com

Wherryj
02-09-2011, 4:02 PM
You forgot the BEST anti-virus program. Microsoft's Security Essentials is taking top spot for most IT departments-not only because it is free, but it is actually a superior product.

veronika5dion
02-11-2011, 3:51 AM
You forgot the BEST anti-virus program. Microsoft's Security Essentials is taking top spot for most IT departments-not only because it is free, but it is actually a superior product.

Yup!!It is actually a vital and to priority program that one should have it in their systems.

Santa Cruz Armory
02-11-2011, 5:44 AM
Thanks for the info.

Bryansix
03-05-2011, 10:37 AM
If you use windows, there is one program that distinguishes itself in helping diagnose slow or virus infected computers. That Program is Autoruns (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902) which is free from Microsoft since they bought out Sysinternals.

Bryansix
03-05-2011, 10:38 AM
Yup!!It is actually a vital and to priority program that one should have it in their systems.

It does have licensing restrictions though and for now is free only for home use or small businesses with 10 or less computers.

xmustanguyx
03-14-2011, 6:54 AM
Isn't K-lite questionable as far as licensing goes? I it's free but isn't there some proprietary stuff in there that your are Supposed to pay for? Just asking.

Ceseuron
03-20-2011, 5:36 PM
You forgot the BEST anti-virus program. Microsoft's Security Essentials is taking top spot for most IT departments-not only because it is free, but it is actually a superior product.

Speaking from the perspective of someone who is in IT for a living, Wherryj is right. We actually dumped Trend Micro's OfficeScan client/server setup in favor of Security Essentials at my office. No more lame "subscriptions", annual fees, support contracts, or maintenance overhead for the win. :D

moond0ggie
04-21-2011, 4:29 PM
Great thread, Monkey,

Major Geeks (http://majorgeeks.com/)
This site has everything & well organized.
They have PC support forums (http://forums.majorgeeks.com/) & a specific Malware Removal forum (http://forums.majorgeeks.com/forumdisplay.php?f=35) where the pros walk you through restoring your OS from malice.

On that note Combofix (http://www.combofix.org/) is great utility to rid malicious programs that take over your OS.

Cowboy T
07-20-2012, 6:53 AM
I would add that OpenOffice.org has been forked due to concerns about Oracle owning the copyrights.

That fork is called LibreOffice, created by the vast majority of the original OpenOffice.org team. Just about all the GNU/Linux distros have adopted LibreOffice now, and it's more feature-filled.

http://www.libreoffice.org/

As with the original OpenOffice.org, it is available for GNU/Linux, Mac OS, and MS Windows. There is also a "portable" version for those running MS Windows, that runs directly from a USB thumb drive.

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Johnnyfres
08-20-2012, 2:42 PM
http://www.nirsoft.net/

Great collection of tools.

oldsmoboat
09-03-2012, 12:24 PM
Photo editing
http://www.getpaint.net

707electrician
09-03-2012, 12:26 PM
DraftSight - Free CAD software, exactly like AutoCAD

glock 357
09-08-2012, 10:33 AM
http://www.osalt.com/ is an open source alternative. If you type in adobe "something" they will show you an open source alternative to that program. Found some cool apps here but some are just like any open source software sometimes buggy and no support.

Tripper
09-08-2012, 10:39 AM
is Zone Alarm still any good, i havent used that for over 10 years i think

Jel
10-11-2012, 1:06 PM
A great site to get a many free and useful apps is www.ninite.com (http://www.ninite.com).

You go to the site, you check off the applications you want installed, and it generates a small installer executable. You run the executable and it installs all the applications you checked off without you having to lift a finger.

No more downloading each and every app separately and then having to install each and every one.

They try and keep up with the latest versions, but occasionally you'll run into an application that isn't quite the latest.

Still for what it does, I think it's a great site.

Jel

billofrights
10-23-2012, 1:15 PM
I second ninite.com, I use them all the time for new installs. Another good resource is pcdecrapifier.com. If you buy your computers instead of build them, there's usually a lot of pre-installed garbage on there. This program lets you tick off what you want removed and it will pull it all off. Especially useful to get rid of all the trial software you find on laptops.

virahunter
11-20-2012, 7:49 AM
you can install multiple sofwares at once with no charge. check this out:

http://ninite.com/

Jel
11-21-2012, 9:08 AM
you can install multiple sofwares at once with no charge. check this out:

http://ninite.com/

You wouldn't have happened to read the two posts before yours...possibly? Maybe? :facepalm: :D

texas_law_dog
02-09-2013, 7:32 PM
Screenshots http://getgreenshot.org/
Disc diagnostic http://download.cnet.com/CrystalDiskInfo/3000-2086_4-10832082.html

Johnnyfres
03-18-2013, 10:38 PM
Great list of Network Security Tools. We use many of these at progs at work.

http://sectools.org/


Here are a couple of good uninstaller programs as well.

Revo Uninstaller (http://majorgeeks.com/Revo_Uninstaller_d5706.html)

PC_De-Crapifier (http://majorgeeks.com/PC_De-Crapifier_d5223.html)

Iobit_Uninstaller (http://majorgeeks.com/Iobit_Uninstaller_d6427.html-)

superbarnie
03-26-2013, 9:07 PM
SUPER is a pretty good tool for converting or encoding audio/video files. (http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html)

Haunt
04-08-2013, 6:59 PM
Everyone on here is clearly just throwing out random programs. If anyone needs any professional help, just shoot me a PM.

Yugo
04-08-2013, 7:03 PM
RESERVED

moond0ggie
04-10-2013, 5:17 AM
Uniextract (https://www.google.com/search?q=uniextract&oq=uniextract&sugexp=chrome,mod=7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8)

A lot of apps & programs are zipped in an installer package.
I hate when they embed other crap in them....like the google tool bar & stuff.

I always unzip/de-compress the executable.exe so I can see what its comprised
of. Many times 7-zip is not strong enough to break it open so I found a titan
of an extractor Uniextract .

It can open most any installer executable so you can peruse the files inside
it for malware before blindly clicking on Install.

Many times I find that I don't need to use the installer.exe , as the file can operate as a stand alone.
This is all the stuff inside the little Java icon download & 7zip couldn't open it,
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=223327&stc=1&d=1365597837

Johnnyfres
04-17-2013, 10:56 AM
Everyone on here is clearly just throwing out random programs. If anyone needs any professional help, just shoot me a PM.

Wow really? These are tool of the trade.

willm952
04-17-2013, 11:19 AM
Fastone screen capture 3.5 was last free one
Can even capture inside. Scrolling window. Brilliant.

Security essentials really?
I use forefront at work only because of the sa agreement. It missed so many simple infections. Forefront endpoint seems better. I actually preferred trend micro better heuristics.

Bangzoom
04-17-2013, 1:33 PM
tagged

f33dback
05-17-2013, 8:50 AM
I have a slightly different way of doing things, won't be the best for the impatient or technically challenged.

I do all web surfing via a virtual machine in my case I use VMware but there is a free version called Virtualbox. (it's good too)

The benefit is any infection/malware hits the VM not the host, you can shut off sharing between the VM and the host so there's less danger of infection to the host and the number of vectors/malware out there that include the ability to hop from a VM to the host target corporations specifically.

Haven't had an issue (on the host) in years, the VM can be dragged to trash and recreated or your can make a copy of a finished VM and drag the clean version out after getting rid of the old infected VM.

Think of it as an Internet condom.

It takes patience to set up, once you've figured out your flow it's easy, I do my banking from the host only and those are the only pages the host EVER hits.
Everything else is through the VM.

My VM is Linux (Ubuntu) I own no anti virus, malware cleaners, or any other 3rd party "security software" because I simply don't need it.

the86d
07-18-2013, 6:01 AM
Knoppix CD and DVD distros run a pretty good Live Linux GUI that you can copy files from an infected partition to a networked computer before reinstalling an OS without pulling the machine apart. This has quick-saved some people's bacon a few times, and so have Slax distros. Both Knoppix and Slax read and write NTFS volumes if partitions are MBR.

For hitting other computers shares use this from Konqueror browser:
smb://<ip>/<sharename>
enter user/pass

AVG started hijacking browser search engines, on IE, Chrome, and Firefox.

swissarmyca
08-03-2013, 10:30 AM
Hirens boot CD

http://www.hirensbootcd.org

Lots of useful apps on a bootable cd for windows users



Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 4 Beta

olhunter
08-12-2013, 7:43 PM
..I do all web surfing via a virtual machine in my case I use VMware but there is a free version called Virtualbox. (it's good too)

The benefit is any infection/malware hits the VM not the host, you can shut off sharing between the VM and the host so there's less danger of infection to the host and the number of vectors/malware out there that include the ability to hop from a VM to the host target corporations specifically...

Yep, me too. Have the kids' computers set up this way too. Power off reverts to the snapshot. Starts clean every time and no viruses.

VERY rarely do any web activity on the host.

stilly
08-30-2013, 12:02 AM
Folks there is a NEW media player that I have discovered. I think it is better than VLC in ONE aspect.

You can tell it to make a thumbnail of the movie and punch in a few parameters and it will index your movies.

SO FAR I have only had it crash once, but I was done anyways so I might have been too fast telling it to exit out. This program is great and has indexed EVERY single one of my movies that my other programs were too finicky to do.

What other programs do did I use?
Video Thumbnails Maker
Thumbnail Me
Fast Video Indexer

This program is NOT a thumbnailer, but it has the capability built in just like windows media player classic, EXCEPT, this program so far appears to be FAR superior to many other video players AND it has its own codecs built in so that it behaves just like VLC.

THERE are a few things to NOTE though about this program.
1. DO NOT GET ANY NEWER VERSION THEN 3.6.0.87 because 3.7 has bugs- BAD bugs and capture gives you an error.
2. UNCHECK the check for updates on startup because it will bug you to update (because the new update inserts ads and other bull**** programs that get installed)
3. You have to go to video options for preferences and change something to turned off to default (strongly recommended) if you can not vid cap/make storyboards.
4. Check in your ADD/REMOVE programs and UNINSTALL the Search Protect by Conduit or whatever. It gets installed (no way around it) and then tries to jack your system by changing search provider OR by adding in a toolbar to your web browser.
5. If YOU DO decide to upgrade to 3.7- BEWARE. It will add in some damn advertising plane on the RIGHT side and connect to their website to give you ads each time. You can disable that by adding in a "127.0.0.1 player.kmpmedia.net" to your HOSTS file. If you know what that is you know how to edit it...

Once you take care of these issues you should have smooth sailing. So far the ONLY videos that this thing has failed to storyboard have been corrupted videos, but that has been one out of over 100...

The player is KM Player found HERE (http://www.kmpmedia.net/)

hoopswary
12-03-2013, 10:46 PM
thanks a lot for the list

jeremyy
02-27-2014, 10:40 PM
Big fan of Dropbox (https://db.tt/TYfKrWKd)
Classic Shell (windows 8 users)
Stardocks (https://www.stardock.com) software is pretty cool to

I use avast for AV related.
Truecrypt for all my drives