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  1. Big Al 24

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    It got knocked down so here it is again. There always seem to be questions about what software tools people can use for various tasks. Since there are many free ones out there that are sometimes even better than their costly counter parts, I'll make a basic list here and people can feel free to add ones that they have found too and I'll update it as necessary. I am listing only programs that I've tried and know are free of spyware/junk and are free of charge.

    Free Security Software

    AVG Anti-Virus
    http://free.avg.com/

    Avast Anti-Virus
    http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

    Avira Anti-Virus
    http://www.free-av.com/

    ClamWin
    http://clamwin.com/

    ClamWinPortable
    http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/clamwin_portable

    Comodo Firewall
    http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/

    Ad-Aware Spyware Remover
    http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php

    Spybot Search and Destroy
    http://spysearchdestroy.com/

    SUPERAntiSpyware
    http://www.superantispyware.com/


    Security/Encryption

    TrueCrypt
    http://www.truecrypt.org/

    Axcrypt
    http://www.axantum.com/AxCrypt/


    Browsers - If you're still using IE, I'd think about switching to one of these

    Firefox
    http://www.mozilla.org/

    Opera
    http://www.opera.com/

    Chrome
    http://www.google.com/chrome

    Seamonkey
    http://www.seamonkey-project.org/


    Email Clients

    Thunderbird
    http://www.mozilla.org/


    Office Software

    Open Office
    http://openoffice.org/

    Google Docs- Calendar software
    http://docs.google.com


    Cleanup and Maintenance

    CCleaner Registry Cleaner/PC Tune Up
    http://www.ccleaner.com/

    Glary Utilities Registry Cleaner/PC Tune Up
    http://www.glaryutilities.com/gu.html

    JKDefrag Better than Stock XP Defrag
    http://www.kessels.nl/JkDefrag/index.html


    Torrent Clients

    Utorrent
    http://www.utorrent.com/download.php

    Azureus/Vuze
    http://azureus.sourceforge.net/


    Ipod Video Converter

    Videora
    http://www.videora.com/en-us/Converter/iPod/


    DVD Rip/Burn

    DVD Shrink - Ripper
    http://www.afterdawn.com/software/video_software/dvd_rippers/dvd_shrink.cfm

    DVDFab Decrypter -Ripper
    http://www.afterdawn.com/software/video_software/dvd_rippers/dvdfab_decrypter.cfm

    ImgBurn -Burner
    http://www.imgburn.com/


    Media Player

    VLC - Plays most anything
    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

    Winamp
    http://www.winamp.com/player


    Photoshop Alternatives

    Paint.net
    http://www.getpaint.net/download.html

    Gimp - For Windows
    http://www.gimp.org/windows/


    Tools - I know this section has potential for growth, so post what I'm missing or PM me.

    7-Zip -Archiver/Unzipper
    http://www.7-zip.org/

    Driver Sweeper -Thoroughly cleans out old drivers before new ones are installed
    http://www.guru3d.com/category/driversweeper/

    Vlite - Slims down Vista install
    http://www.vlite.net/

    Nlite - Slims down XP install
    http://www.nliteos.com/

    UltimateBootCD Bootable disk loaded with tools
    http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

    Google Earth
    http://earth.google.com/

    File Zilla
    http://filezilla-project.org/

    Duplicate File RemoverDoubleKiller
    http://www.bigbangenterprises.de/en/doublekiller/

    File RecoveryUndelete Plus
    http://www.undelete-plus.com/help/

    TestDisk
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

    Partition cloner/imagingClonezilla
    http://clonezilla.org/

    Partition Editor
    Parted Magic Live CD -
    http://partedmagic.com/

    Password DatabaseKeePass
    http://keepass.info/

    KeePass for Blackberry
    http://f5bbutil.sourceforge.net/keepassbb/

    Sound EditorAudacity
    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

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


    Windows Alternatives- Easy Linux distributions to start with are Ubuntu, and PCLinuxOS

    http://distrowatch.com/
     

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  2. Horsky

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    This needs a sticky. Thanks for your time making this list.
     

  3. Big Al 24

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    Thanks! It had been posted before but the Tech forum only has 2 pages so it gets lost quickly if it doesn't get a visit.
     
  4. SFLglock

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    Is it ok to have superantispyware ,spybot S&D and malwarebytes all on one computer?. and should i delete them after i run the scans and get rid of all spyware and malware?

    Thanks for the list :wavey:
     
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  5. Big Al 24

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    I'm not sure about using them all, but I doubt that trying it will hurt anything.
     
  6. Blast

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    'nuff said

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    Good stuff.:bump:
     
  7. Horsky

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    Free BTT Lets get a sticky on this :)
     
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  9. Big Al 24

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    That's why I linked to Distrowatch at the bottom. :wavey:
     
  10. Linux3

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    Ah, sorry.
    I'm still working on that RTFN problem...
     
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