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    Will add more as I go along, contributions from the IT savvy more than welcome!

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    MICROSOFT Windows Service Packs
    Highly recommended for all users



    Note: It is very important to keep your operating system updated with the latest patches.
    Keeping your system updated will ensure that many of the bugs and loopholes are fixed which would prevent many trojans/viruses/bots from taking over your system.
    The easiest method will be to use Microsoft Windows Update to patch your system.
    Most users would be using the 32 bit versions (x86) of operating systems.

    The process of upgrading to a new service pack and/or patches involves a check to see if your copy of Windows is not pirated. [read more, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Genuine_Advantage]


    Windows 7
    Windows 7 Service Pack 1 [Learn how to install] [What's inside SP1?] [Download (x86 and x64)]

    Windows Vista
    Windows Vista Service Pack 1 [Information] [Download (x86)]

    Windows XP
    Windows XP Service Pack 3 [Information] [Download (x86)]


    Apple Mac OS X - "OS Updates"
    For Mac users, the "Software Update" utility is used for installing OS updates and security fixes, and even newer versions of software and drivers like iTunes or HP, just to name a few. Apple states that their OS updates and security fixes are what keeps Mac OS X secure from viruses and threats, and is reviewed regularly and released to their users as soon as they find faults.

    To update your Mac OS X with the "update" listed below that corresponds to what Mac OS X you are using now, at the menubar at the top-left corner of your screen, click the logo >> Software Update

    Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
    Mac OS X 10.6.5 update [read more, http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4250]

    Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
    Mac OS X 10.5.8 update [read more, http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3606]
    (note: This is the last "update" released by Apple for the 10.5 Leopard operating system)

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    Word Processing

    OpenOffice
    Open Source Office Suite.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris
    Requirements: -
    Website: www.openoffice.org

    Notepad++
    Alternative to Windows Notepad, but much more powerful and arranges many open notepads into tabs
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows only
    Requirements: -
    Website: http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

    Notepad2
    Another alternative to the default Windows Notepad.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows only
    Website: http://www.flos-freeware.ch/notepad2.html

    Document Viewers & Converters

    PDFCreator
    Allows you to convert a document into a PDF file
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows
    Requirements: -
    Website: http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/

    PrimoPDF
    This also lets you convert any kind of document into a PDF file
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows
    Requirements: -
    Website: http://www.primopdf.com/

    FoxIt PDF Reader
    Don't like Adobe Acrobat? This is a lightweight alternative for you to view PDF files
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows
    Requirements: -
    Website: http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/

    Picture & Imaging

    IrfanView
    Lets you open (and lightly edit) any kind of image from all the world's known image formats
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows
    Requirements: -
    Website: http://www.irfanview.com/

    The Gimp
    Freeware alternative to Photoshop
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
    Requirements: See website for OS specific requirements.
    Website: http://www.gimp.org/

    Paint.net
    Alternative to Windows Paint, but with more features
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows
    Requirements: Requires ".NET Framework v3.5 SP1" and alerts you if you do not have that installed.
    Website: http://www.getpaint.net/

    Security (incl. Anti-virus/spyware)

    Ad-Aware
    Anti-spyware (newer version now has added Antivirus capabilities too)
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows Vista, XP or 2000 Pro
    Website: http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php

    Spybot S-D
    Anti-spyware
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows
    Requirements: -
    Website: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

    Comodo Internet Security
    Antivirus + Anti-spyware + Firewall
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows Vista (32bit) or XP
    Requirements: -
    Website: http://www.comodo.com

    Avira AntiVir
    Antivirus + Anti-spyware
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows
    Requirements: -
    Website: http://www.free-av.com/

    Avast! Home Edition
    Antivirus
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows
    Requirements: -
    Website: http://www.avast.com/

    ClamWin
    Antivirus
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows, Windows Server OSes
    Website: http://www.clamwin.com/

    SUPERAntispyware
    Anti-spyware:
    Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware. Also remove Malware and many other types of threats.

    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows
    Website: http://www.superantispyware.com/

    Malwarebytes
    Anti-spyware:
    Identifies and removes malicious software from your computer. When a computer is infected, Malwarebytes removes the infection and restores the machine back to optimum performance.

    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows
    Website: http://www.malwarebytes.org/

    VundoFix
    Anti-spyware (for a specific malware)
    Removes Vundo or Vundo-related malware infections: Trojan.Vundo, Trojan.Conhook and other similar infections.
    FYI: Vundo infects computers by randomly and spontaneously displaying adverts from WinFixer, Amaena, WinAntiVirus, ErrorSafe, SystemDoctor and DriveCleaner.

    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows
    Website: http://vundofix.atribune.org/

    Audio & Video

    VLC Player
    A free audio/video/DVD player that has its codecs built-in, so you don't need to install any codecs at all just to view any audio/video.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows, iPhone/iPod Touch
    Requirements: -
    Website: http://www.videolan.org/vlc

    MPlayer
    Free media player.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Linux. Windows & Mac OS X.

    Video Codecs
    Codecs allow you to play video formats that your computer doesn't understand. DVD is one of them.

    K-Lite Codec Pack
    A big collection of codecs to allow you to play all kinds of audio, video or DVD on any kind of media player.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows
    Requirements: -
    Website: http://www.free-codecs.com/download/...codec_pack.htm

    Perian
    All-in-one video codec for Mac, enables Quicktime to play all kinds of video formats
    Price: Free
    Platform: Mac OS X
    Requirements: -
    Website: http://perian.org/

    Video Converters
    Video conversion software lets you convert from one video format to another. Say AVI to MP4.

    Super ©
    This video converter supports many known file formats, including those for Sony PSP, iPod, VCD, DVD, etc...
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows
    Requirements: -
    Website: http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html

    Productivity

    WorkRave
    Break reminder, especially useful to help with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows
    Requirements: -
    Website: http://www.workrave.org/

    Tools and Utilities

    VirtualBox
    Virtualization software - Run another operating system within your computer. It's like having another PC, but it's virtual, so there's no physical second computer to mess with. Easy way to mess around with Linux or another operating system if you ever wanted to. Owned by Sun Microsystems.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris
    Requirements: You need the operating system's CD (ie Windows XP CD/Linux CD/etc…) to setup your new virtual PC.
    Website: http://www.virtualbox.org/

    PortableApps
    Portable versions of many freeware applications (including some listed here) so you can put on a thumbdrive and take it with you. Also has a launcher for easy access.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows
    Requirements: -
    Website: http://portableapps.com/

    LogMeIn (Free version)
    Web based remote access solution to allow remote control of ones computer from anywhere via the Internet. Free version provide basic functions (good enough) while paid versions have more advanced features.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Any kind of computer with an internet browser (IE, Firefox)
    Requirements: -
    Website: https://secure.logmein.com/US/products/free/

    CPU-Z
    Displays information on the devices in your PC, including Hard Disks, RAM, video card, etc...
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows
    Requirements: -
    Website: http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php

    SpeedFan
    Monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips....
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows
    Requirements: -
    Website: http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

    JKDefrag
    Disk defragmenter for Windows
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows 2000, XP and above
    Requirements: -
    Website: http://www.kessels.com/Jkdefrag/

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    Office Suites
    - Openoffice (Open Source) Price: FREE!

    Video code for all-in-one
    http://www.free-codecs.com/download/...codec_pack.htm
    Price: free

     

     
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    A small number of us are Mac users too. Would it be useful if I contributed some to the list too? And also, would you like those in a seperate list, or combined but marked with a "(Mac)" suffix?
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    Is this a freeware list or something? If so, for windows...

    Media Player:
    VLC Player (free, portable)

    Image Editors:
    Paint.Net (free, requires .Net Framework from Microsoft)
    The Gimp (free)

    General Text Editor:
    Notepad++ (free)

    Defragmenter:
    JKDefrag (free)

    Other
    WorkRave (free, Break reminder)
    PDFCreator (free, print to PDF Files)

    A number of thse can be found on PortableApps.com, which can then be put on a USB drive and used on different computers. Very convenient.

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    CoolieND, hope you don't mind if i organized it a bit so it makes better sense.

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    Office Suites
    - Openoffice (Open Source) Price: FREE!

    Video codec for all-in-one
    - http://www.free-codecs.com/download/...codec_pack.htm
    Price: free

    - Perian
    All-in-one video codec for Mac, enables Quicktime to play all kinds of video formats
    Price: Free
    Platform: Mac OS X

    - Super ©
    Converts videos from one format to another. Saves them to many known file formats, including those for PSP, iPod, VCD, DVD, etc...
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows (All)

    Media Player:
    - VLC Player (free, portable)

    Image Editors:
    - Paint.Net (free, requires .Net Framework from Microsoft)
    - The Gimp (free)

    Text Editors:
    - Notepad++ (free)
    - Notepad2 (free)

    Document Readers & Creators
    - PDFCreator (free, print to PDF Files)
    - PrimoPDF (free, print to PDF files)
    - FoxIt PDF Reader (free, lightweight alternative to Adobe PDF Reader)

    Other
    WorkRave (free, Break reminder)

    Tools and Utilities
    - CPU-Z
    Displays information on the devices in your PC, including Hard Disks, RAM, video card, etc...
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows (All)

    - JKDefrag
    Disk defragmenter for Windows
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows 2000, XP and above
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    wow! great! nw can refer to this thread for any new software in need! thnx both of u.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redbeacon View Post
    CoolieND, hope you don't mind if i organized it a bit so it makes better sense.
    Not At all, I was leaving it vanilla so that Palmer could more easily format as he liked. But if we're carry the list forward as we add, this works too!

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    Office Suites
    - Openoffice
    Open Source Office Suite.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Multi-platform

    Video codec for all-in-one
    - http://www.free-codecs.com/download/...codec_pack.htm
    Price: Free

    - Perian
    All-in-one video codec for Mac, enables Quicktime to play all kinds of video formats
    Price: Free
    Platform: Mac OS X

    - Super ©
    Converts videos from one format to another. Saves them to many known file formats, including those for PSP, iPod, VCD, DVD, etc...
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows (All)

    Media Player:
    - VLC Player
    Free media player, uses own codecs.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Multi-platform

    - Mplayer
    Free media player.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Linux. Windows & Mac OS X experimental.

    Image Editors:
    - Paint.Net
    Better alternative to Paint, requires .Net Framework which can be downloaded from Microsoft.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows

    - The Gimp
    Freeware alternative to Photoshop.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Multi-platform

    Text Editors:
    - Notepad++
    Alternative to Notepad, but much more powerful, multi-tabbing.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Multi-platform

    - Notepad2
    Price: Free

    Document Readers & Creators
    - PDFCreator
    Allows you to print a document into a PDF file.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows

    - PrimoPDF
    Print to PDF files.
    Price: Free

    - FoxIt PDF Reader
    Lightweight alternative to Adobe PDF Reader.
    Price: Free

    Other
    - WorkRave
    Break reminder, especially useful to help with Carpel Tunnel
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows

    - VirtualBox
    Virtualization software to allow usage of multiple OS's on one computer. Easy way to mess around with Linux if you ever wanted to. Owned by Sun.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Multi-platform

    - PortableApps
    Portable versions of many freeware applications (including some listed here) so you can put on a thumbdrive and take it with you. Also has a launcher for easy access.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows

    Tools and Utilities
    - CPU-Z
    Displays information on the devices in your PC, including Hard Disks, RAM, video card, etc...
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows (All)

    - SpeedFan
    Monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips....
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows

    - JKDefrag
    Disk defragmenter for Windows
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows 2000, XP and above

    Security
    - Adaware
    Malware & Spyware detector/remover.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows Vista, XP or 2000 Pro

    - Spybot S-D
    Malware & Spyware detector/remover.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows

    - Comodo CIS
    Antivirus and Firewall all-in-one package.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows Vista (32bit) or XP

    - Avira AntiVir
    Antivirus software.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Multi-platform

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    hmm.. anysoftware for audio recording management? like acid pro that sort?
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    howdee, i'ld like to contribute 2 freewares to the list:

    a) avast! Home Edition
    http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html

    this antivirus hasn't failed me since i started using in 2002... free but yet "virustight"
    i've tried norton, pc-cilin/trend micro, AVG, mcafee, still feel that this is among the best at no cost. but need annual renewal of registration key (free) required. apart from free, what i like most is its auto updates are daily basis. only complain is that it slows down my NB a fair bit during updating (usually upon bootup), after that its ok.

    b) Logme In Free
    https://secure.logmein.com/products/free/

    i've used this web based free remote access software for a couple of years at it really works; controled/accessed my home PC (left on) from work and sometimes overseas. you'll need to install an smallish software in the PC/NB you want to remotely control and leave it/them on.
    the free version doesn't allow transfer of files between the connected PC but hey, just remotely email the required files to your desired location or upload it to webmail.

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    Office Suites
    - Openoffice
    Open Source Office Suite.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Multi-platform

    Video codec for all-in-one
    - http://www.free-codecs.com/download/...codec_pack.htm
    Price: Free

    - Perian
    All-in-one video codec for Mac, enables Quicktime to play all kinds of video formats
    Price: Free
    Platform: Mac OS X

    - Super ©
    Converts videos from one format to another. Saves them to many known file formats, including those for PSP, iPod, VCD, DVD, etc...
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows (All)

    Media Player:
    - VLC Player
    Free media player, uses own codecs.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Multi-platform

    - Mplayer
    Free media player.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Linux. Windows & Mac OS X experimental.

    Image Editors:
    - Paint.Net
    Better alternative to Paint, requires .Net Framework which can be downloaded from Microsoft.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows

    - The Gimp
    Freeware alternative to Photoshop.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Multi-platform

    Text Editors:
    - Notepad++
    Alternative to Notepad, but much more powerful, multi-tabbing.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Multi-platform

    - Notepad2
    Price: Free

    Document Readers & Creators
    - PDFCreator
    Allows you to print a document into a PDF file.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows

    - PrimoPDF
    Print to PDF files.
    Price: Free

    - FoxIt PDF Reader
    Lightweight alternative to Adobe PDF Reader.
    Price: Free

    Other
    - WorkRave
    Break reminder, especially useful to help with Carpel Tunnel
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows

    - VirtualBox
    Virtualization software to allow usage of multiple OS's on one computer. Easy way to mess around with Linux if you ever wanted to. Owned by Sun.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Multi-platform

    - PortableApps
    Portable versions of many freeware applications (including some listed here) so you can put on a thumbdrive and take it with you. Also has a launcher for easy access.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows

    - LogMe In - Free
    Web based remote access solution to allow remote control of ones computer from anywhere via the Internet. Free version provide basic functions (good enough) while paid versions have more advanced features.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Web based

    Tools and Utilities
    - CPU-Z
    Displays information on the devices in your PC, including Hard Disks, RAM, video card, etc...
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows (All)

    - SpeedFan
    Monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips....
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows

    - JKDefrag
    Disk defragmenter for Windows
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows 2000, XP and above

    Security
    - Adaware
    Malware & Spyware detector/remover.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows Vista, XP or 2000 Pro

    - Spybot S-D
    Malware & Spyware detector/remover.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows

    - Comodo CIS
    Antivirus and Firewall all-in-one package.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Windows Vista (32bit) or XP

    - Avira AntiVir
    Antivirus software.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Multi-platform

    - avist! Home Edition
    Antivirus software.
    Price: Free
    Platform: Multi-platform
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    updated first post. Please quote from there.

    Many thanks to those who have been diligently contributing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starr View Post
    hmm.. anysoftware for audio recording management? like acid pro that sort?
    You can try Audacity

     

     
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    this is great
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    Quote Originally Posted by accifree View Post
    You can try Audacity
    Audacity is very good, and if that's what you need, Great! But if you want something with a wider scope, look up Traverso DAW (esp for Windows) or Ardour (Linux/Mac only).

    My pick would be Ardour, but you'll have to get used to Linux or Mac OS X. They would have a Windows version (and they've publically said they've got an internal build), but there are some long-standing reasons for it not, the main one of which is why FOSS should bother supporting Windows.

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    Hm...am I the only one that would like to see this sticked? Its like the first time PsiKo posted something useful...it needs to be remembered
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    heres a couple i use

    image editing "Infranview"

    remote assitance "Teamveiwer"

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    what about linux/un*x users?

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    The list of useful software has been updated. Check out the very first post by PaLmEr [jump to it]

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    Quote Originally Posted by fizice View Post
    what about linux/un*x users?
    *nix users are more than welcome to contribute as well. A handful of people here surf SBF on Linux computers.

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    Security:

    Need to add AVG Free and Microsoft Security Essentials.

    These are both very unintrusive and effective antivirus softwares (free too) and help with internet security too.

    They both have options that allow automatic scanning of removable media like thumbdrives preventing your computer from virus/trojan infections from friends.

    For maximum anti malware firepower, use both Super! antispyware and Malwarebytes.

    It also helps to pre-emptively scan computers suspected of trojan infection with VundoFix which destroys automatically a lot of very annoying and hard to detect malware like Vundo.

     

     
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    AVG IMO is not very useful :~

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    Quote Originally Posted by taengoo View Post
    AVG IMO is not very useful :~
    AVG was very useful back in the day... until it became like norton instead and took up too many resources...
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    Avast anyone?

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    KeePass, the free and easy-to-use password manager.
    ScreenGeeker, the free screen recording software on Windows.
    Last edited by 4ssteven; 12-02-2019 at 03:24 PM.

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    According to my experience:
    Avast Free Antivirus---It is good at blocking viruses.
    Windows password recovery ---It is good at resetting password for Windows computer.
    Last edited by Rapser; 25-02-2019 at 03:34 PM.

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    Windows Explorer (a powerful file manager application)
    Microsoft Office Online
    Microsoft To-Do
    Windows password recovery
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