The SHH! Guide to Free Powerful Software! New And Improved!

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  1. Sam Fisher

    Sam Fisher Heavy Meddle

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    To Malice's request, I have created this new thread. Here is the complete list of free programsthat was posted in the other thread{Note: I did not include programs that were free trials}. If anyone has anything to add I will add to this post. Also, I think this should be a sticky so people won't have to go digging for it:yay:



    AntiVirus Programs
    NOTE From Malice: I plead with you, if you do not have antivirus software on your computer, please, immediately download one of the following FREE AntiVirus software applications for your computer. Help make the net safer. Remember, these free antivirus applications tend NOT to be as good as commercial applications, so you might want to spend the money and get a new antivirus application once every 2 years.
    AVG AntiVirus
    AntiVir Personal Edition
    avast! 4 Home Download
    Ad-Aware
    McAfee
    CCleaner
    Panicware Pop-up Stopper
    Cornodo.com
    ClaimWin
    ClamXav for Mac
    ClamAV

    Web Browsers/Add-Ons
    Google Chrome
    FireFox
    A Guide To FireFox Extensions ADBlock ADBlock Filterset.G FasterFox IE Tab Trashmail.net
    Opera
    Sandboxie

    Email Clients
    Thunderbird

    Text Editors
    Crimson Editor
    OpenOffice
    Notepad++

    FTP Clients
    FileZilla

    Graphics Viewer
    IrfanView

    Comic Book Readers
    Comical
    CDisplay

    Graphics Editor
    GIMP
    GIMP for Mac
    Pixia
    Unfreez
    Art Rage
    Picasa
    PhotoPlus 8
    3D Plus 2
    DrawPlus 4
    Paint.net
    Blender
    Inkscape

    CD/DVD Burners/Extractors
    CDex
    AVS Disc Creator
    AoA DVD Ripper

    Video/Audio Converters
    Any Video Converter

    Music Players
    WinAMP
    Itunes
    MediaMonkey
    Foobar2000

    Video Player Alternatives and Codecs
    K-Lite Codec Pack
    Media Player Classic
    QuickTime Alternative
    Real Alternative
    VLC Media Player
    AVS DVD Player

    Video/Music Editors

    VirtualDub
    Audacity
    MP3 Gain
    MP3 Direct Cut
    Tagscanner
    AoA Audio Extractor
    Windows Media Encoder
    Ipod Converter

    SpyWare
    AdAware
    Spybot Search and Destroy

    Instant Messager
    Trillian
    GAIM
    Agile Messenger
    Pidgin

    Personal Firewalls
    ZoneAlarm
    Outpost Firewall
    Sygate Personal Firewall
    Kerio Personal Firewall

    Telnet/SSH Clients
    PuTTY

    PDF Maker
    OpenOffice
    CutePDF
    Sumatra

    Tax Filer
    TaxAct

    Windows Icon Graphics Creator
    Icon Sushi

    PowerPoint
    PowerPoint Viewer

    Web Authoring Programs
    NVU
    WebPlus SE
    KompoZer

    Widgets
    Dashboard Widgets
    Dashboard Exposed

    Video Downloaders
    FireFox Video Downloader
    SUPER
    VIXY Online Video Converter
    Any Video Downloader

    Download Managers
    FlashGet

    Zip Programs
    7-Zip
    PeaZip

    Operating Systems
    Linux
    Ubuntu Linix
    OpenSuSE
    Mandriva

    Other
    Skype
    DVD Profiler
    Juice Podcast Reciever
    Cinergy Script Editor
    Utorrent

    File Sharing Sites
    Pando
    SendThisFile
    Podmailing

    Free Software Sites
    30 Essential Pieces Of Free Software
    IZArc
    Giveaway Of The day
    Major Geeks
     
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  2. Malice

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    Great, thanks!
     
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  3. Sam Fisher

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    No Problem:yay::up:
     
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    Another one for under "Operating Systems":

    Ubuntu linux

    If anybody has an old PC running one of the Windows OSes that are no longer being supported, I'd recommend trying Ubuntu as an alternative.

    P.S. Once your Ubuntu is up and running you'll likely need the "Wine" download to run Windows based programs/games.
     
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  5. Malice

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    Plus ubuntu will ship you INSTALL CDs for free!
     
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  6. AxlsAppetite

    AxlsAppetite Well-Known Member

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    So do you we ask here for other free programs that people haven't asked about yet?

    I need a free one that rips DVDs into avi format. It's not movies or copyrighted material.
     
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  7. Sam Fisher

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    Yes, ask away!
     
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    I highly recommend avast anti-virus. It's always getting new updates, so it's well maintained. Takes up less space and memory than McAfee and Norton. I think it even runs faster.
     
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    AVG has a horrible detection rate. Avast is far superior.

    I'd like to recommend NoScript. It's a great firefox extension that makes surfing the web much more secure. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/722

    Notepad++ is a great text editor.

    http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm

    You can't use "pure linux" since you already recommended Ubuntu I'd also like to suggest OpenSuSE and Mandriva.

    It's sad that no one's mentioned foobar2000. Way less bloated then iTunes or Winamp. http://www.foobar2000.org/
     
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    I put both on there so people could choose what they want to use:yay:
     
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    After looking at some of the old threads in the forum I think we're in desperate need of mentioning a bittorrent client. I've noticed multiple threads about people fighting with Limewire or the gnutella network in general.

    µTorrent is in my opinion the best client available for windows (they're hard at work on an OS X version as well) it's memory footprint is tiny compared to that of other clients *cough* Vuze *cough*.

    http://www.utorrent.com/download.php
     
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  12. Sam Fisher

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    ^Should I even list those? Those may be legal, but they are used alot for "ilegal" purposes.
     
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    Bittorrent is used a lot for Linux distros and large apps like OpenOffice. So yeah it does have it's legitimate purposes. You can download pirated material though any browser's download manager as well. As long as we're not helping anyone with what they've downloaded I don't see the problem.
     
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    No problem. Just my personal opinion that's all.
     
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    I have used NUMEROUS torrent systems and uTorrent is the best IMO.
    Plus it definately can be used LEGALLY.
     
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    Just make sure you gt the newest version,1.8, they found a big flaw in 1.7.7. Can't remember what it was but it wasnt good.
     
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    Using uTorrent 1.8 as well. Probably my favorite of the programs I've used.
     
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    Anybody got a free program to rip dvds to avi?
     
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  19. Sam Fisher

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    AoA DVD Ripper. But on the free version you can only rip about 10 min at a time.
     
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  20. Yerzrinot

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    I highly recommend Sandboxie for web browsing and opening programs you're just not sure about.
     
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    What's a good .cbr file reader?


    :thing: :doom: :thing:
     
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  22. Yerzrinot

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    Comical
     
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    Ion Kenshin Torch Bearer

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    Can anyone suggest a good program for converting media files into various different formats (i.e avi mp4 etc...) Thanks in advance
     
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