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  • Started 3 years ago by Hatryst
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hatryst
hatryst
Posts: 3482

Hello. This is going to be a compilation of freely available software. Please add to it if you want, thanks !

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Free Operating Systems:

Ubuntu
http://www.ubuntu.com/

Linux Mint
http://www.linuxmint.com/

Jolicloud
http://www.jolicloud.com/

More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C.....ng_systems
(sort table by cost, have a look at the BLUE highlighted ones)

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Free Productivity Apps:

OpenOffice.org
http://www.openoffice.org/

LibreOffice
http://www.libreoffice.org/

Google Docs (web)
http://docs.google.com/

MS Office Web (web)
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/web-apps/

More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O.....nformation
(sort table by cost, have a look at the BLUE highlighted ones)

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Free Antivirus Programs:

Avira
http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus

Microsoft Security Essentials
http://www.microsoft.com/secur.....y/mse.aspx

Avast!
http://www.avast.com/

More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.....s_software

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Free Image Editing Utilities

G.I.M.P.
http://www.gimp.org/

Irfanview
http://www.irfanview.com/

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

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Free Image/Video Capture Software

CamStudio
http://camstudio.org/

MS Expression Encoder (trial works just as good)
http://www.microsoft.com/expre.....rview.aspx

FastStone Capture (screenshot only)
http://www.faststone.org/FSCaptureDetail.htm

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For Everything Else

http://www.filehippo.com/

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Feel free to add more.

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whs
whs
Posts: 17584

Everything here is free: http://filehippo.com/

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GuiltySpark
GuiltySpark
Posts: 4024

More image capture stuff : http://www.techsmith.com/jing/

p.s. Nice listing Hatryst :)

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hatryst
hatryst
Posts: 3482

Thanks! After writing the whole list, I realized you can find everything at filehippo :) LOL *facepalm*

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ZakirAhmed
ZakirAhmed
Posts: 133

Free antivirus? AVG's supposed to be there.
And what's with you're picture Hatryst

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LadyFitzgerald
Posts: 2232

AVG used to be good but lately it has become resource heavy. Avast and MSE are much lighter. Some have reported that Evira also does well.

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jtlarkin
Posts: 16

There's one free program I've come across that I absolutely can't live without. I fix computer's for a living and it's just essential, it's called Total Internet Repair. It repairs ALL .dll's, registry entries, settings, it's truly awesome. It's standalone so no installation. It's good for anything from typical internet connectivity issues to manually uninstalling tough firewall/parental control programs that have associated themselves with these system files. Thanks, these lists are great.
Total Internet Repair

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jtlarkin
Posts: 16

By the way I don't recommend MSE, I used it for a few months and it let a banking trojan slip by. Stole by login information to Bank of America, I stick to Norton now but my preference for a free antivirus would be Avast! or Avira, I didn't like AVG

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StringJunky
StringJunky
Posts: 2454

JTLarkin

Rapport will block that kind of activity.

Tony

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jtlarkin
Posts: 16

Thanks for that link StringJunkie! I like it, very transparent.

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StringJunky
StringJunky
Posts: 2454

That's OK :)

Here's a list of some Rapport demo's on how it works if you feel inclined that I compiled: http://www.howtogeek.com/forum.....?replies=8

The kind of attack you suffered is beyond the scope of normal AV's I think, especially if the trojan is already activated...this is where Rapport can step in.

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vistamike
vistamike
Posts: 10945

At the bottom of Rapport's home page there is a list of banks using Trusteer. It also recommends that you download it from your bank's website.

Mike

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molecule
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Recommend ubuntu

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hatryst
hatryst
Posts: 3482

Ubuntu is in the list. Thanks for all the additions guys, keep 'em coming :)
@ZakirAhmad: My avatar is having communication problems, no signals received !
EDIT: I'm not so happy with this list, but thanks for considering this as a sticky topic !

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ZakirAhmed
ZakirAhmed
Posts: 133

lool @Hatryst

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Dinoglide
Posts: 1

I found VIPRE to be the BEST of any anti virus software since I started using computers in 1983.
There is a free trial version. It does not slow down your computer as it works in the background. I don't work for them. I'm just a cautious computer geek that feels others should know.

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Ronjonss04
Posts: 129

www.osalt.com

open source alternatives, made a thread about it the other day, figured i'd add to this one.

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Seasider2
Seasider2
Posts: 369

I have been using TED Notepad for a long time. Straight forward but does things Notepad doesn't even dreamt of.
Useful for programmers. Fits on a USB flash drive. Works on both 32 and 64 bit.
http://jsimlo.sk/notepad/
"Several innovative auto-completions-Advanced and automated clipboarding-Enhanced searching/replacing with regexps
Swiss army knife for text processing-Even more features and settings-See the Awards
As it is, TED Notepad is particularly targeted to advanced users with non-trivial demands and tasks."

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hatryst
hatryst
Posts: 3482

Thanks a lot for the addition Harry !

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ZakirAhmed
ZakirAhmed
Posts: 133

There are so many good free NotePad alternatives which have many more features than notepad:

Edit by mod; No BB code on the main forum please

Edit or repost please in text only

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