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Title: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: ñòóKýçrÕôK on January 24, 2009, 03:17:09 pm
I thought it might kind of nice just to have a thread where people might could post some links to some helpfull software that makes using windows or linux or whatever OS (operating system) you might run go just a little easier. No links to hack, cracks, or cracksites. I will check the links as I can to try my best to ensure their safety but I ask that you be the first to check if you do post one. I obviously cannot guarantee the safety of every link so I ask that you use your own discretion as you click a link. If I find a link connected to spyware and/or a trojan I will do my best to find a more suitable and safe alternative link to whatever program a link hosts which means I will modify the post to show the better link. I'm sure a lot of users out there have certain programs they've always used and thought "man if everyone used this they would love it like I do!". If you will just post the link and a brief description of the program and what it's used for and by doing so perhaps you'll help someone with something they've always had an issue with but never known a way to fix.

I reckon I'll start with 2 links to the XP/Vista half-open tcp limits patches that were originally posted by Hell and Deux in another section of the forum. Have visited both links and they appear to be safe.

i probably should of made a post about this little tool earlyer.
Its called tcp-z. Ive been using it for a long time now. I follow its updates via this site  http://deepxw.blogspot.com/  Now ive used his on both windows vista 64/32 and XP32 and it works a charm. Its a bit of a pain in the arse of vista 64 due to al the added security inbuilt to 64bit windows. An due to this issue was the reason why i scrapped vista 64 and went down to vista 32 bit. But the tool explains how to get round the 64bit probs.

With the method in tcp-Z the patch is done in memory. So no actual modification is done to any windows system files and any updates etc dont wipe out the tcpip.sys in vista and require re-patching. All you have to do is run the program after you boot up and patch an its active.

**edit, works with windows 7 too  :D**


Another great patcher avalable from here supports Operating system: Windows XP SP1(x64)/SP2(x86,x64)/SP3, Server 2003 SP1(x86)/SP2(x86,x64), Server 2008(x86,x64), Vista without SP(x86,x64) and with SP1(x86,x64), 7 beta(x86,x64).
Interface language: English and Russian.

http://www.half-open.com/download_en.htm

Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: DiK420 on January 25, 2009, 01:49:00 pm
http://portableapps.com/apps        a wonderful collection of freeware/gnu software that will run from a flashdrive and make troubleshooting your pc a doddle... firefox :firefox:, clamwin AV, File managers, OpenOfficeOrg.. loads of applications and utilities for all your tinkering and tweaking.. or even to just carry a lil bit of home from home when using someone else's computer. check it out, rates 11/10 for me! :)
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: White Stripes on January 25, 2009, 03:35:55 pm
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No links to hack, cracks, or cracksites
hmm.... ok... then...

www.linux.org
www.ubuntu.com
www.slackware.org

gotta have a free OS before you can find -good- free tools to fix it... ;)

www.rootkit.nl -- rootkit hunter and lynus security auditor

www.insecure.org/nmap -- network auditor.... (if you dont know what this is already dont play with it... this thing is not a toy... you can get in some deep sh*t with it with a single typo)

http://www.tldp.org/ -- if you dunno how to do it, whatever the 'it' may be, this site has that 'how'.... this last one has info about the software you will need to do the 'it' as well... so its kinda an all-in-one for fixes and how-to-do-its....

using that pain in the glass called "windows"? well... you paid for it (remember no cracks in this thread ;) ) so might as well pay to fix it too... *snickers*

www.tune-up.com -- tune-up utilities... this will automatically fix any/all of whats ailing your machine... also has a user friendly configuration system to do tweaks that would normally need the registry editor.... 30day free trial ... 60$ to buy (last i looked anyway)

www.driveragent.com -- BSODs? (they happen... sometimes often.... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/bsod/) ) many times bad drivers can be the reason.... free scan.... $30/yr to actually download the fix.... (but at least that $30/yr gets you fixes on any computer you want to use your account on)

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im sorry for my sarcasm nooky... i know you are being helpfull.... but the only way i have found to make my life easier with window$ is to simply get rid of it....

however the link DiK420 posted pretty much has it -all- for the windows crowd..... you need it... its there... one exception being 'pagedefrag' from www.sysinternals.com... its the only free thing i could link to thats not already on that site...

www.annoyances.org (along with the prepackaged regedit utility) is the best free way to fix things... sorta like tldp (when using search) or just help when you need it when posting a question...

[EDIT] fixed one of the links
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: birdman on January 25, 2009, 05:44:29 pm
found this valuble for removing nasties from the pc and its free http://www.malwarebytes.org/
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: ñòóKýçrÕôK on January 25, 2009, 07:11:06 pm

im sorry for my sarcasm nooky... i know you are being helpfull.... but the only way i have found to make my life easier with window$ is to simply get rid of it....


No worries dude. It's your opinion and I can't make you change that no more than you mine. Just glad to see people posting in this thread. I really believe we can reach a lot of peeps and help a lot by doing something like this. As for hacks, cracks or cracksites, we just can't openly support going around a software makers registratrion just because they want money for it and we may not like spending it. Be just as bad as doing the opposite and charging for WinMX which is something we absolutely do not do.
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: White Stripes on January 25, 2009, 09:37:51 pm
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No worries dude. It's your opinion and I can't make you change that no more than you mine.

come next year i wouldnt even have the opinion/option really to keep windows... extended support (read: security patch releases) for windows 2000 ends... ...imagine if it ended in 2009... that would leave me with a windows machine that would have avast antivirus in constant battle with the 'downadup' worm.....

a purchase of XP wouldnt be feesable since it wouldnt exactly 'fit' too well in 256mb of ram and 550Mhz of cpu... (windows 2000 does... but its the minimum amount of ram and cpu recommended for 'plesant' use...) and it would only get me to 2014... in essence buying 4 years of time for ~100$... windows 7? heh... no... would need a whole new 'wintendo' to do that... and 7 isnt even out yet... (they are cutting these dates a little close IMO... unless you bought a licence to use vista.. which if you did -that- you might as well wait for 'windows 8' or whatever they call the version that comes out after '7'...)

tho considering what this thread is for and that i mentioned 'avast' and 'end of life OSen' here are some more usefull links....

www.avast.com -- avast antivirus... has a linux version and a windows version that supports windows versions as old as 95 (with system requirements for 95 being a 486DX2 @ 66Mhz... a very old setup indeed)... the free version is much easier to find than AVGs free version.... AVG also does not support OSen older than 2k and eats more ram than a starved stray dog eats scraps... so i highly recommend it over AVG if your system is old and/or ram starved...

www.spybot.com -- spybot search and destroy.... the software for removing and protecting against all the 'dirt' in the web... i do not recommend installing the 'tea timer' component however... it is more of an annoyance than a help...

www.secunia.com -- secunia PSI... (free)... informs you of out of date (vulnerable) software installed on your computer... and helps to fix/update it.... PSI is still 'fresh' software so its still a little wobbly at times... but it does work...

www.windizupdate.com (not a typo) -- alternative to windowsupdate.microsoft.com... works in firefox, mozilla, netscape and opera and works for windows versions older than 2k (9x isnt really supported by the official windowsupdate site anymore... as some here may know...) note: doesnt work in IE (by design) so you'll need one of the supported browsers (listed on the site) to get it to work... updates -are- official... they are downloaded from microsofts website (its technically illegal to host updates for windows on any other site)... but using a database and scanning engine of their own design... ....or put another way... if youve got a 9x machine with netscape 4+ still on the web... go here to get any updates you may not have....

Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: ñòóKýçrÕôK on January 29, 2009, 04:31:36 am
This is one I use even with a dual moniter setup but has good use for sure one a single moni system. Vista/XP Virtual Desktop Manager.

http://www.codeplex.com/vdm

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One of Vista's most talked-about new features is the Desktop Window Manager (DWM). A new set of thumbnail API's can be used to access thumbnails of open windows. This virtual desktop program takes advantage of this new API and uses some tricks of its own to provide a powerful virtual desktop manager with a full screen thumbnail based preview. You can have as many desktops as you want and can seamlessly switch between them.

It's actually pretty cool. You can open different internet explorer pages, or firefox on several different screens and then right click the virtual desktop toolbar icon and click the Show Switcher option and it will let you preview all of your virtual desktops and the windows you have open on them. It's completely free of charge. Can be a little high on memory usage so if you have a low-end pc it may not be a viable option for multiple desktops for you.

Another option for multiple desktops on A single moni system would be Active Virtual Desktop.

http://www.active-virtual-desktop.com/index.html

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Ever wished you had several screens on your computer? Active Virtual Desktop is a virtual desktop manager which will create up to 9 virtual desktops allowing you to have different programs running on each of them.


I think I used this one on XP at one time. If it's the same one, on a dual moni setup it will only do the virtsual desktops on one individual moniter. Was not too harsh on resources if I remember correctly. Another free program itself.
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: White Stripes on January 30, 2009, 01:52:13 am
http://virt-dimension.sourceforge.net/

FOSS (free open souce software) virtual-moni app.... runs in 9x+ (so its not just for XP users)

do i detect a potential competition nookie? ;)
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: ñòóKýçrÕôK on January 30, 2009, 04:23:22 am
WHAT??? Me compete? Not in any way ever. Just haven't used some the older software in ages but as long as you're here I know you have that covered. :P  Anyway, for a media player for most Windows media and none of the drm enrichments of Windows Media Player I throw up GOM Player. GOM Player comes with most of todays needed codeks to play most vid files and works with other codek packs that I have seen to date anyway. Although I've never tried it for music I understand it works with that too. http://www.gomlab.com/eng/ GOM also is free software and is being updated fairly regularly at the moment for potential bugs n such. I've been using it for a while with Vista and I like it. Plus I haven't tried it with the beta Windows 7 but so far most Vista programs I've tried with Windows 7 have worked. I haven't tried the GOM Encoder that is also reffered to on that url and I don't believe it's free but if anyone tries it please report back and let us know if you will.
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: ñòóKýçrÕôK on January 30, 2009, 04:42:47 am
For burning cds and dvds I use DeepBurner Free Edition. There is a Deepburner Pro which costs and for the difference in what both do I don't personally feel it's worth the money but I use the free edition for almost all of my non-media burning and my mp3 discs. There is a comparison page for the differences for those who'd like to take a look. http://www.deepburner.com/index.php?r=products&pr=provsfree But for the actual download the url is http://www.deepburner.com/index.php?r=download

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There are two versions of DeepBurner - DeepBurner Free and DeepBurner Pro. The first one is intended for home users, while the Pro edition is for advanced and business users.
DeepBurner works on Windows 95/98/2000/NT/ME/XP and is virtually compatible with ANY CD/DVD burner.
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: White Stripes on January 30, 2009, 02:28:30 pm
i throw ffdshow; http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow into the media player category..... an all-in-one audio/video codec that does everything from xvid and divx to theora and vorbis.... use whatever dshow/vfw compatible player (and encoder) you want....


for burning cds.... well... i do that in linux (windows seems good at making coasters but thats about it... course it could be a misconfiguration but ive used linux for burning for so long ive never taken the time to really do it with windows...)

Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: Daniel on January 31, 2009, 11:42:30 pm
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ - This is the media player I use. It will play almost every video format.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/ - I use this for editing songs and recording wave out.

http://winff.org/html/ - This is what I use for converting video files to other formats.

http://www.xp-antispy.org/index.php/lang-en/download?func=sellang&iso=en - This is a small program that lets you disable all the known 'Suspicious' Functions in Windows XP and Windows Vista.

http://www.gimp.org/downloads/ - This is free picture editing software. I use it instead of Photoshop.

http://www.ccleaner.com/download - This cleans all the unneeded temporary files off your computer.

http://registry-cleaner.comodo.com/ - Self explanatory.

http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/ - Online version of Nod32.
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: birdman on March 07, 2009, 11:00:58 am
http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html?Str=download -  All in one  free pc optimizer/spyware remover
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html - Block spyware from getting in free

Also found many useful tips on this page http://www.infiltrated.net/cipav.pimp#sblast

Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: FlapJack on March 10, 2009, 04:45:13 pm
A great little program that I use once a week on all of my windows computers is a little program called CCleaner.

Check it out, I have nothing but good things to say about the program.

Check it out here: www.ccleaner.com (http://www.ccleaner.com)
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: thunderwinds on March 10, 2009, 08:36:07 pm
here's a few more for the list:

http://www.lvllord.de/ (http://www.lvllord.de/) another half-open connection patcher.

http://www.free-av.com/ (http://www.free-av.com/) free antivirus software.

http://www.sunbeltsoftware.com/home-home-office/sunbelt-personal-firewall/ (http://www.sunbeltsoftware.com/home-home-office/sunbelt-personal-firewall/) there are both paidfor and free versions of this firewall.  the free one seems to work well.

http://www.sofotex.com/reviews/r7528.html (http://www.sofotex.com/reviews/r7528.html) easy to use registry cleaner.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx) there are many usefull apps on this site.

http://www.oldversion.com/ (http://www.oldversion.com/) a very usefull site. but know the app you are looking for not everything on there is spyware free.
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: ñòóKýçrÕôK on March 13, 2009, 11:27:38 am
Here are a couple for you fans using Vista who hate the builtin defragger as much as I do. I personally like to see my pc working, not just go on its word, lol. Found these to be a nice resolution to that problem.

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Disk fragmentation leads to system slowdowns, PC crashes, slow startups and shutdowns. Auslogics Disk Defrag is designed for fast optimization of modern hard disks.

http://www.auslogics.com/disk-defrag

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UltraDefrag is a powerful Open Source Defragmentation tool for Windows Platform. It is very fast, because the defragmenting is done by kernel-mode driver. There are three interface available : Graphical, Console and Native.

http://ultradefrag.sourceforge.net/

Another good program from sourceforge. I have and do use both. Both work on XP, Vista, and the Windows 7 beta. I'm not sure about Windows 2000 but if someone would like to try and report back about it it would be nice to know. :)
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: app103 on March 18, 2009, 01:04:21 pm
Here is a nice collection of tools, available in both exe and ahk script form. (use autohotkey (http://www.autohotkey.com/) to run the ahk files)

http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/

The nice thing about the ahk files, is that you can open them in notepad and tweak them if you want.

Additionally, that site has a forum in which one of the boards allows you to request small custom made freeware tools (coding snacks (http://www.donationcoder.com/Forums/bb/index.php?board=31.0)). You'll find a lot of goodies there too.

And don't forget to check out stuff that was released as part of NANY 2007 (http://www.donationcoder.com/Forums/bb/index.php?board=211.0) and NANY 2008 (http://www.donationcoder.com/Forums/bb/index.php?board=234.0).

My favorite release from NANY 2008 is a little audio player called Trout. (http://www.donationcoder.com/Forums/bb/index.php?topic=16157.0) Very minimalistic GUI, but loaded with features. It has a lot of stuff recently added that would be of particular interest to people that listen to audiobooks. Read that full thread to see all the details of features that were requested and added, and how they work.

Oh, and it's portable, too.  :)

You can get involved with the Trout project by posting feature requests to that forum thread. Get creative. As long as the request is reasonable and the developer can do it, he will add it. Skwire is a great guy, very friendly and aims to please.

And just for the sake of trivia, Trout is the largest application ever released, written entirely in ahk. One of it's purposes was to show the world that you can develop real software with ahk and not just simple automation scripts.

Disclaimer: Yes, some of my software is floating around in various places on that site & forum.
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: silicon_toad2000 on March 19, 2009, 03:11:07 am
Maybe this doesn't quite fit as its more about software than for software itself. I have found the blackviper website invaluable in cutting out some of the bloat in windows.

www.blackviper.com/ (http://www.blackviper.com/)

I dont trust any of that tweakware so this is a great resource.
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: wonderer on March 19, 2009, 11:48:32 am
A site with loads of freeware and many usefull links to other sites

http://www.nirsoft.net/
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: app103 on March 19, 2009, 04:32:40 pm
A site with loads of freeware and many usefull links to other sites

http://www.nirsoft.net/

YES!

NirSoft has some wonderful tools, especially if you like command line stuff. It belongs right up there with Sysinternals.

When DonationCoder selected the site as the official site of the month for August 2007 (http://www.donationcoder.com/Forums/bb/index.php?topic=9430.0), the site admin (mouser) described it like this:

"If you are one of those people who love to use programs that let you see what is really happening behind the scenes on your computer, a visit to the NirSoft site is going to be a bit like getting a visit from santa claus on crack."

 :lol:
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: silicon_toad2000 on March 21, 2009, 10:14:51 pm
I just stumled accross this list of apps to replace those a[pps built into xp which have become a bit dated and could do with a bit extra.

My favourite is the alt-tab replacement with preview.

http://lifehacker.com/software/geek-to-live/power-replacements-for-built+in-windows-utilities-287966.php (http://lifehacker.com/software/geek-to-live/power-replacements-for-built+in-windows-utilities-287966.php)
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: Daniel on March 23, 2009, 06:30:20 am
NetworkActiv PIAFCTM (http://web.archive.org/web/20070303190252/http://www.networkactiv.com/NetworkActivPIAFCTMv2.2.exe) - It allows bidirectional capturing of datalink level traffic and protocols such as ARP.
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: ñòóKýçrÕôK on March 31, 2009, 02:46:45 am
If you have XP and like the look and feel of Vista here's few little nice tools to make it happen but I can tell you it seems a little fussy sometimes if you overdo it. Remember to back up your Windows also before making any of the changes just in case.
http://www.visualtasktips.com/
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Visual Task Tips is a lightweight shell enhancement utility. It provides thumbnail preview image for each task in the Windows Taskbar, as seen in the Microsoft Windows Vista.
That gives you the previewable taskbar buttons. Pretty much everything else you can find at http://www.askvg.com/transform-windows-xp-into-windows-7-without-using-customization-pack/
There's also the kit to transform Vista to Win 7. I have used most of the software to change mine over and it all appears to be safe by avast standards so I'd say you're fine there. Also I think Vista might do the transformation easier than XP since Win 7 is closer to the style of Vista than XP. And just for a preview I'll even add a screenshot of my desktop
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: ñòóKýçrÕôK on April 21, 2009, 05:09:56 am
Ok, a little something snick pointed me to for the vidi folks. Not tried it yet but it's free and it's opensource so it already has a + for me.

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/MediaCoder

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MediaCoder is a free audio/video batch transcoder, putting together many excellent audio/video softwares from the open source community into one friendly GUI. On video side, MEncoder, ffmpeg are used as back-end, which provides support for nearly all known video compression and container formats as well as rich and useful video filtering features (e.g. post-processing, 3D de-noise).

There's even a page to tell pretty much how to use it any way you can use it so I like that too.

http://www.videohelp.com/forum/archive/mediacoder-0-3-9-guide-for-divx-xvid-avi-to-dvd-compliant-mpeg2-t311170.html
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: Forested665 on May 05, 2009, 11:16:39 pm
I know its been long enough for this to be a "dead thread"
But i thought this subversion management program was worth mentioning.

Its called tortoise SVN
you can find it here for free (GNU): http://tortoisesvn.tigris.org/

what i found was nice is that it integrates itself with your drop down menu in windows
(much like powerISO does)
so all you have to do is browse to where you want the files, create a folder for them (optional), and right click.
select checkout and it prompts for the location of the trunk repository.
few seconds later (unless on dial up) boom your done.

Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: ñòóKýçrÕôK on May 09, 2009, 09:42:29 pm
This thread is here in case you have an interesting or helpfull program for pc. Most likely will never be a "dead thread" for that reason alone. Even if it becomes a dead thread one day, someone might revive it the next with a new program. If ANY reader should happen across a new program that's interesting or helpfull in some way PLEASE feel free to post it here. Just no cracks, hacks, or warez links n such like that as we do not support enfringement of any kind on this site. The program doesn't have to be free either. Someone may want to try it and decide it's worth it for them to buy it later so even post demo links and versions to programs. I think it's very much worth noting if it helps someone in any way. If a program is adware such as it has ad banners in an unpaid version just please say so ahead of time so users will know fully what they're getting into. Otherwise I say bring on the programs, I love checking out new stuff when it catches my eye.   :yes:  :yes:  :yes:
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: ñòóKýçrÕôK on May 26, 2009, 01:27:17 am
Came across this evening while trying to help a user in the room.

http://partitionlogic.org.uk/

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Partition Logic is a free hard disk partitioning and data management tool.  It can create, delete, format, defragment, resize, and move partitions and modify their attributes.  It can copy entire hard disks from one to another.

Partition Logic is free software, based on the Visopsys operating system.  It boots from a CD or floppy disk and runs as a standalone system, independent of your regular operating system.  It is intended to become a free alternative to such commercial programs as Partition Magic, Drive Image, and Norton Ghost...

Haven't gotten to try it yet but I fully intend to eventually. If/when I get the chance I may report back on it. If anyone finds a use for it please feel free to report back about it.
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: ñòóKýçrÕôK on July 23, 2009, 04:39:43 am
OK folks don't know why I didn't post this one before but here goes. Good little program I use that moniters IE for cookies. Some sites won't give you full access without cookies enabled and personally I don't like having any of them. This will let the cookie come on your machine so the site thinks it's ok to give access then prompt for you to allow or delete the cookie, depending on how you config it. It's called CookieWall.

http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/Network/cookie/Freeware.htm

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   Online privacy is a big deal these days, with huge companies being formed every month to both protect and exploit information gathered about you. By far the most common method used to track individuals on the Internet is the 'Cookie', a small file stored on your machine with information provided by a website... While the majority of the websites out there use this tool as it was intended, more and more are exploiting it in ways that were never intended - that's where AnalogX CookieWall comes in.
    AnalogX CookieWall allows you to quickly and easily decide which cookies can stay on your system, and which cookies should go - once you let CookieWall know which ones are unwelcome, it does the rest. CookieWall can be configured to delete cookies as soon as they arrive, to notify you of any new ones, or just queue them up for you to check out at a later date.
    CookieWall is currently only compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer or derived versions (such as NeoPlanet); Netscape support should be available in the near future.
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: p2p rules on August 04, 2009, 11:34:35 pm
Nero 9 - Free version

What’s better than free? Free forever! Nero offers you the chance to enjoy Nero’s world-renowned
data disc burning and copying features for an unlimited time, absolutely FREE!

Enjoy basic data burning and copying capabilities for your CDs and DVDs from the world’s most
trusted digital media brand, Nero.

http://www.nero.com/eng/downloads-nero9-free.php
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: p2p rules on November 18, 2009, 08:38:40 am
I've read it's a fork project of PG2 and it has signed driver from Microsoft for Windows 7 and it works on 2000, XP,Vista & Windows 7.
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PeerBlock lets you control who your computer "talks to" on the Internet.  By selecting appropriate lists of "known bad" computers, you can block communication with advertising or spyware oriented servers, computers monitoring your p2p activities, computers which have been "hacked", even entire countries!  They can't get in to your computer, and your computer won't try to send them anything either.

And best of all, it's free!

http://www.peerblock.com/
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: Blitzen on May 31, 2010, 08:14:12 am
Many good tools in this thread and maybe people have come accross more since it was started.

Here is a couple i have come accross

Microsoft security essentials , its free and as good as any other free antivirus  but not for use on pirated windows as it runs a validation during install.

http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/


Superantispyware -     free version is limited and has to be run manually but has good reviews

http://www.superantispyware.com/

I run both of these and Malwarebytes on a couple of pcs and they seem to run fine.


Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: Max™ on May 31, 2010, 09:05:10 am
I agree with Superantispyware,
even the free version,
its good points include deepest scanning and looks for more nasties than other anti spyware apps
its bad point is, it is slow, start a scan, go and have a coffee and a snack while it scans

http://www.superantispyware.com/

Malwarebytes Anti-malware is a 1st class malware scanner/remover,
but it dont look for normal spyware that superantispyware would find

http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

but if you want real time protection normally found in professional versions, Spyware Terminator has it all & is 100% Free
it can run in the background protecting you from picking up any nasties as you surf,
it can see what is starting and running incase theres a hidden trojen within a program,
it safegards your hosts file, so no unauthorised site can add themselves in it,
it also has an optional feature of spotting bad sites when you google, so you know at a glance before you click a link,
all this free

http://www.spywareterminator.com/
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: Joshua203 on May 31, 2010, 09:24:35 am
Quote from: blizen
but not for use on pirated windows as it runs a validation during install.
  :o if you have trouble with that you might have the wrong "p'ed" version  :D
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: ]-[êll.Ôñ.ËÀR'][']-[. on May 31, 2010, 10:32:46 am
There are plenty of apps out to get round any validation issues anyway .... or so I'm told :whistle:
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: Blitzen on June 02, 2010, 10:12:34 am
Here is several pages of free security programs i have not tried them all but reviews for them seem to be good

http://download.cnet.com/2701-2023_4-6-1.html?tag=contentMain;contentBody

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Refined for 2010, the Security Starter Kit will ensure that your sanity lasts way longer than your resolutions through a collection of must-have programs to protect your Windows computer.
In our six categories this year, we offer the core essentials of Antivirus and Anti-spyware, as well as ancillary but important categories such as In-browser Security, Firewall, Encryption, and Parental Control. If you're looking for more than security, there's also our Windows Starter Kit. Essential utilities have earned their own kit, too: the Windows Utilities Starter Kit.
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: Max™ on June 02, 2010, 01:18:35 pm
Thank you Blitzen,
Had a look and...
Most if not all of their Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, In-Browser Security & Firewalls, i have either tested or use myself
and its all reviewed on my forum,
its taken me many months of testing to make sure they do what they say on the box,
i also make sure they state which software is suitable for Windows XP, Vista & 7.
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: GhostShip on June 02, 2010, 06:02:31 pm
I know you guys are doing your best to pick out the good stuff for folks but can we stick to mentioning programs we have tested ourselves or appear on freeware sites as otherwise this just becomes an area for spammers, there is nothing better than a personal recommendation in my book.
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: Max™ on June 02, 2010, 10:04:57 pm
I agree GS, that is why i did state ive tested the stuff i recommend, if it aint upto much, it don't get a mention.
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: Blitzen on June 20, 2010, 08:08:31 am

For anyone who has young children accessing the internet i can recomend this free program

http://www1.k9webprotection.com/

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If you’re like most of us, parenting in the age of the Internet has you facing a new set of challenges. Blue Coat is committed to helping you and all communities through this 'First Generation of Internet Parenting'.

K9 Web Protection is our free Internet filtering and control solution for the home. K9 puts YOU in control of the Internet so you can protect your kids

I use this on some of my own childrens pc`s ;)
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: Blitzen on July 02, 2010, 03:26:20 pm

Although we work hard to protect our pcs there could be software that remains unpatched and there for leaving your system vunerable. I have been using this free program and would recomend you trying it

The Secunia PSI is a FREE security tool designed to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs and plug-ins which expose your PC to attacks. Attacks exploiting vulnerable programs and plug-ins are rarely blocked by traditional anti-virus and are therefore increasingly "popular" among criminals.

The only solution to block these kind of attacks is to apply security updates, commonly referred to as patches. Patches are offered free-of-charge by most software vendors, however, finding all these patches is a tedious and time consuming task. Secunia PSI automates this and alerts you when your programs and plug-ins require updating to stay secure.

http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: White Stripes on July 02, 2010, 05:32:26 pm
http://majorgeeks.com/Process_Tamer_d4651.html

switches the priority of a app using abnormal cpu time (user adjustable to what you consider abnormal but the default works great for me) to a lower priority so your boxen doesnt end up with a jittery mouse cursor or task manager cant be opened (im sure everyone here has had such happen at least once) and switches it back to what it was when the app calms down...

in the config box i recommend ticking 'run high priority' so the tamer app itself doesnt get stuck behind a cpu sucking app and cant do its job.... ....the tray balloon messages can be disabled too as they are quite annoying but usefull if you want to know what app(s) are getting throttled... and rulesets can be configed for apps that you dont want the priority changed of or ones that you want the priority set higher or lower by default...

this thing is a lifesaver IMO... even makes the desktop useable quicker than normal on startup (trust me... you want 'start with windows' checkbox ticked) if you have an app that starts with the system thats sluggish or hoggish... its not open source but is 'donationware' (freeware basically.. it gives more info in the docs... you dont need to donate just that they really really would like you to...)...

those who have used linux will really like this thing...
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: White Stripes on August 20, 2010, 08:27:26 am
http://www.sandboxie.com/

run arbitrary programs in a sandbox... (you limit what they can and cant do to your system)

its shareware that turns nagware in 30days but anymore .. it might just be a good idea to make use of it for apps that are... a bit untrustworthy... like winmx 3.31 with its known holes... or other apps with known or unknown holes, bugs, quirks or are just plain old....
Title: Re: Links to helpfull pc software anyone?
Post by: app103 on December 29, 2010, 03:03:19 pm
http://majorgeeks.com/Process_Tamer_d4651.html

switches the priority of a app using abnormal cpu time (user adjustable to what you consider abnormal but the default works great for me) to a lower priority so your boxen doesnt end up with a jittery mouse cursor or task manager cant be opened (im sure everyone here has had such happen at least once) and switches it back to what it was when the app calms down...

in the config box i recommend ticking 'run high priority' so the tamer app itself doesnt get stuck behind a cpu sucking app and cant do its job.... ....the tray balloon messages can be disabled too as they are quite annoying but usefull if you want to know what app(s) are getting throttled... and rulesets can be configed for apps that you dont want the priority changed of or ones that you want the priority set higher or lower by default...

this thing is a lifesaver IMO... even makes the desktop useable quicker than normal on startup (trust me... you want 'start with windows' checkbox ticked) if you have an app that starts with the system thats sluggish or hoggish... its not open source but is 'donationware' (freeware basically.. it gives more info in the docs... you dont need to donate just that they really really would like you to...)...

those who have used linux will really like this thing...

If you like Process Tamer, you should give some of the developer's other apps a try. Two I would highly recommend are Screenshot Captor (better than Snagit) and Find and Run Robot (FARR).  FARR is especially impressive, with all the plugins and stuff. There is not too much this app can't do.

Both are available on DonationCoder.com, a site I mentioned earlier in this thread. (mouser, the developer of Process Tamer, is the founder of that site and community, and a good friend of mine)

There is going to be a whole slew of new freeware apps (~25) released there on Jan 1, for the site's yearly NANY event (New Apps for the New Year).