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    Default Useful Freeware Utilities

    Security
    Ad-Aware SE - Powerful spyware removal tool. Completely free and better than most paid programs.
    Spybot - Search and Destroy - Powerful spyware removal tool. Completely free and better than most paid programs.
    Zone Alarm - Good software firewall for basic users and experts alike.
    AVG Anti-virus Free Edition - Great antivirus program that is comparable to or better than any retail antivirus software out there.
    Avast Antivirus - Another good freeware antivirus program
    CWShredder - Tool for removing the widespread "Cool Web Search" spyware, which is often difficult to remove without this.
    HijackThis - Powerful tool for manually fixing spyware-related problems and viral infections; generally meant to be used by or with help from an experienced user or expert.
    Hitman Pro - Another spyware removal program
    Diagnostic, Benchmarking, Overclocking and Stress-testing
    CPU-Z - Small, yet in-depth program that tells all of the details of your processor, RAM, and motherboard.
    Memtest86+ - Extremely effective program for testing the stability of memory; this is a must-have for checking memory overclocks and for bad sticks.
    SequoiaView - Useful tool that provides a graphic display of your hard drive's used space; very good for removing things to free up space if you can't figure out what's using it.
    3DMark and PCMark - Synthetic Benchmarking programs that give you what are essentially meaningless numbers that are supposed to indicate the performance of your computer. This is kind of silly in that regard, but the programs are useful for stress-testing.
    SiSoft SANDRA - Extremely useful tool that provides a huge array of diagnostic and benchmarking functions, as well as some stress-testing ones. If your motherboard didn't come with a general monitoring program, than this may be very useful to you.
    ATI Tool - Incredible tool for overclocking Radeon graphics cards as well as testing for artifacts on most graphics cards.
    Rivatuner - Program that offers greatly improved overclocking and tweaking for GeForce video cards over the options in the nVidia Forceware control panel.
    Speedfan - Program for monitoring fan speeds and temperatures as well as regulating fan speed where possible.
    FRAPS - Awesome little utility for benchmarking and video capture of in-game footage.
    General Applications
    Mozilla Firefox - Incredible open-source browser that has tons of features as well as vastly improved security over Internet Explorer.
    Mozilla Thunderbird - Good open-source email client with some improvements over Outlook, especially in terms of security.
    GAIM - Excellent, open-source instant messaging client that supports a number of networks, including AOL, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, and IRC servers.
    Trillian - Great freeware instant messaging client that supports as much as GAIM and more.
    OpenOffice - Incredible open-source word processing sweet that offers all the functionality of Microsoft Office and more, but at no price.
    Disk-related Applications
    PC Inspector File Recovery - File recovery utility with very good functionality and user interface.
    Disk Investigator - Another good file recover utility.
    ISOBuster Useful tool for recovering information off of optical media.
    Active@Kill Disk - Utility that allows you to remove data from hard drives and make it impossible to recover without professional tools and knowledge.
    http://dban.sourceforge.net/ - Another utility for erasing disks.
    Miscellaneous Maintenance Utilities
    Driver Cleaner - Great utility for cleaning out remaining parts of removed drivers.
    RegCleaner Utility that gives you a great deal of control of certain parts of the registry and provides an automated scan to remove or correct bad registry entries.

    Feel free to post suggestions as long as it's spyware-free freware or extremely-functional shareware. This is all I'm adding for now, but I know of many other useful freeware programs and I'm sure there are some I don't know about or just don't use. Post your suggestion with link and I'll be happy to add it. I'll also get around to making it look prettier when I feel up to it.
    Last edited by Yawgm0th; 02-17-2006 at 07:35 AM.

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    Default Re: Useful Freeware Utilities

    Nice yawg, ive d/l 3 so far.

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    Default Re: Useful Freeware Utilities

    Driver Cleaner Pro
    Used to clean out remnant code when changing drivers (please read the "Read Me" file before use)

    Riva Tuner
    For overclocking, unlocking and monitoring graphics cards (please read the "Read Me" file before use)

    Speedfan
    For monitoring m/board sensor chips and regulating fan speeds (please read the "Read Me" file before use)

    Fraps
    For ingame onscreen fps and ingame video capture, video capture is limited in the freeware version (please read the "Read Me" file before use)

    Free online virus scans

    Trendmicro Housecall

    Panda Activescan

    BitDefender
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    Default Re: Useful Freeware Utilities

    Disk util for erasing disks
    Darik's boot and Nuke: http://dban.sourceforge.net/

    free antivirus
    Avast AntiVirus home Edition: http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

    spyware/malware cleaner
    hitmanPro: http://hitmanpro.nl/

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    Default Re: Useful Freeware Utilities

    http://www.theorica.net/download.htm

    Safe XP
    Allows users to quickly tweak various security and privacy related settings in XP. The options include Media Player settings, Services settings (error reporting, time synch, remote registry etc.), as well as and option to remove items from the Start menu, network security settings and more.
    Safe XP improves your system performance and makes Windows to run faster, more secure and reliable!
    It is suitable for beginners and experts!

    Screenshot - http://www.theorica.net/download/safeXPscr.gif

    I have this, I don't really notice many changes except for a few things like removing recent documents :D, but it seems to work fine without any problems.


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    Default Re: Useful Freeware Utilities

    Here are some of my freeware picks:

    System Cleaning and Maintenance
    CCleaner - System junk and temporary files cleaner, registry cleaner
    ERUNT - Registry backup software
    MRU-Blaster - Most Recently Used lists cleaner
    NTREGOPT - Registry deframenter
    General Applications
    FlashGet - Download manager, helps speed up download, supports resume and streaming media
    FahMon - Folding@Home monitoring software, gives WU status for console version
    GetDiz - Small and handy text viewer, supports .NFO's
    Foxit PDF Reader - Alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader
    Sysinternals Aurotuns - System startup manager
    Sysinternals TCPView - Listings of all TCP and UDP endpoints on your system
    Security
    PeerGuardian - Secure IP blocker
    SpywareBlaster - ActiveX based spyware blocker
    Multimedia & Imaging Applications
    DVD2SVCD - All-in-one suite for encoding DVD, DVB, VOB, MPEG or AVI into DVD, SVCD or VCD
    DVDAuthorGUI - DVD authoring software
    DVDFab Decrypter - DVD protection remover
    DVD Rebuilder Free - One-click DVD compressor (DVD-9 to DVD-5), my favourite. Slow yet gives great quality
    DVD Shrink - One-click DVD compressor (DVD-9 to DVD-5). To be used as alternative to DVD Rebuilder Free. Acceptable quality, though terrible at 30%+ compression
    IrfanView - Popular graphic viewer. Supports nearly every format
    Subtitle Workshop - Video subtitle editor. Supports viewing video and subtitle editing in real-time
    Winamp - Multimedia player, supports skins
    XnView - Graphic viewer, I use this because of it's browser, much better than Irfanview in the latter

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    Default Re: Useful Freeware Utilities

    Data Recovery Wizard free to try for data recovery.

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    Default VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player.. basically I just use this to play movies that are in the .bin format but it works well for all types of video and has some helpful little functions....

    http://www.download.com/VLC-Media-Pl...l?tag=pdp_prod

    iTunes- Win Amp sucks, Windows Media sucks. and I know what your going to say, so just stop.

    http://www.apple.com/itunes/
    Last edited by Brennan; 09-08-2006 at 09:15 PM.


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    Cool Re: Useful Freeware Utilities

    Hey zenphic !

    Thanx a lot for your information on freeware.
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    Default Re: Useful Freeware Utilities

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    How to avoid the adds in the post. Can u help me out?

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