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  • Started 5 years ago by Hatryst
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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
Posts: 17584

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

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GuiltySpark
Posts: 4024

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

p.s. Nice listing Hatryst :)

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hatryst
Posts: 3482

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

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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
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
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: https://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/trusteer-rapport-demos?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
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
Posts: 1

Recommend ubuntu

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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
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
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
Posts: 3482

Thanks a lot for the addition Harry !

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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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ZakirAhmed
Posts: 133

Alarm Clock Software: http://freealarmclocksoftware.com/

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vistamike
Posts: 10945

ZakirAhmed, please don't use BB code on the main forum page. Thanks.

Mike

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hatryst
Posts: 3482

Thanks for the contribution ZA, much appreciated !
(A bit large text is okay, and text is preferred to be black on the main forum. In OT, you're allowed to do anything legal :) )

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ZakirAhmed
Posts: 133

Oh, sorry. I didn't know. I thought I was told to keep questions about BBCode off the main forum. You see, it wasn't too clear (https://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/how-do-i-bbcode-in-htg-forums?).
I spent so long on that post that got changed by some mod, looking for features of about 30 text editors, comparing them and narrowing them down to a few, collecting their links and download links from different mirrors and now it got deleted.
Please, to the mod that deleted it, next time you change the post, have the decency to keep it somewhere so we can ask back for the hard work and so we can edit it.

@Hatryst. The big text was because I changed the font to 12. Something went wrong and it came out that big.

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vistamike
Posts: 10945

ZakirAhmed, I am the mod in this case. By all means test in off topic, no probs. Main forum is not on.

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ZakirAhmed
Posts: 133

Thankyou vistamike. You were very helpful.

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vistamike
Posts: 10945

To you too and I hope you meant that well

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ZakirAhmed
Posts: 133

But I don't know how you were helpful.

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GeorgiaTink
Posts: 1

I like it! Thank you!

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ZakirAhmed
Posts: 133

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

Windows:

- Notepad++
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2 | Download Link 3)

- Notepad2
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2 | Download Link 3)

- ConTEXT
___(Download Link)

- Crimson Editor
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2 | Download Link 3)

- Programmer's Notepad
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2 | Download Link 3)

- PSPad
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2)

.

Mac:

- Aquamacs
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2 | Download Link 3)

- Smultron
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2)

- TextWrangler
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2)

.

Both:

- Komodo Edit
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2: Windows - Mac - Linux)

- jEdit
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2 (Only Windows): | Download Link 3: Windows - Mac - Linux)

- Vim
___(Download Link 1 | Download Link 2: Windows - Mac - Linux)

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Best ones (In terms of features):
Windows: Notepad++
Mac: Aquamacs
Linux: Vim

.

Click here to get a better (better layout) version of this post (https://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/free-text-editors-better-notepad-alternatives?).

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Peralot
Posts: 2

I am a big proponent of open-source software.

Disk Defragmenter: Auslogics Disk Defrag or Defraggler
Temp File / Cookie / History / Regstry Cleaner: CCleaner
File Archiver: 7-Zip
Uninstaller: Revo Uninstaller

PDF Tools: PDFill

FTP Client (& Server): Filezilla
Telnet / SSH client: PuTTY
VNC Software: UltraVNC or TightVNC
Remote Desktop: TeamViewer
WiFi Monitor / Finder: inSSIDer
Network Monitor: Axence NetTools or Microsoft Network Monitor
Protocol Analyser / Packet Sniffer: Wireshark or Cain & Abel or Angry IP Scanner

Video Transcoder: HandBrake
DVD Decrypter: DVD43
Media Player / Entertainment Centre software: XBMC
Music Editor: Audacity

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semiretired
Posts: 1214

I just installed PC Wizard on my flash drive and it's pretty cool about telling you everything about a computer, including the peripherals. It says my nVidia GTS250 video card is running at 50c. Is that high?

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mysterchr
Posts: 20

Just wanted to throw out there that I use Paint.net for photo editing, which is free and really B.A.

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

mysterchr

Paint.net has a plugin pack if you didn't know:

http://paint.net.amihotornot.c.....uginsPack/

Team that with Fastone image Viewer and that just about covers all my photo file needs. :)

http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDownload.htm

Tony

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LH
Posts: 20002

Tony. I second you on Fastone Image Viewer. Have used it for ages.

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

LH, It's an awesome file manipulator for such a small package isn't it?

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vistamike
Posts: 10945

Another I've been playing with is

http://rawtherapee.com/

Short read up here

It works fine in Win 7 32 and 64 bit

Mike

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LH
Posts: 20002

Tony, yep :)

I'll throw in this too,
http://getgreenshot.org/

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

I shall have a play with that Mike. :)

Tony

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vistamike
Posts: 10945

And this one, which is proving very interesting with a project I'm working on at mo. Meant to include.

http://www.photopos.com/Photo-.....Editor.asp

Mike

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MrTylerHaz
Posts: 5

Thanks for the share, have been looking for a good free virus software.

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jimhudame
Posts: 25

For all you Linux users try LXDE heres the link http://lxde.org/ its a light weight desktop enviorment thats quick and helps save battery life on laptop computers much better than xfce.

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semiretired
Posts: 1214

100 Free Stuffs

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germ-x
Posts: 5310

A lot of good free applications
http://www.komando.com/downloa.....#38;page=3

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zs474
Posts: 887

http://www.liberkey.com/en.html

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hatryst
Posts: 3482

If not posted earlier...
Find alternatives (ll might not be free, but you can find free ones using this): http://alternativeto.net/software/?profile=all

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bleeprz
Posts: 18

http://sourceforge.net/

Whole loads of open source software there, just use with your own discretion.

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raphoenix
Posts: 14920

All Win 7 Dos Commands.
http://technet.microsoft.com/e.....y/cc772390(WS.10).aspx

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raphoenix
Posts: 14920

BOOT MANAGER MISSING
http://neosmart.net/wiki/displ.....om+the+DVD

Use Full MS Install Disc or Manufacturer's Recovery Disc

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raphoenix
Posts: 14920

Official Windows 7 Download Links
http://www.mydigitallife.info/.....oad-links/

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hatryst
Posts: 3482

^
That's the best "Freely available software" post so far !

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vistamike
Posts: 10945

With Service Pack 1, various languages....

http://www.askvg.com/direct-do.....nd-64-bit/

Mike

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raphoenix
Posts: 14920

Free Internet Repair Tool

http://www.rizonesoft.com/2011.....et-repair/

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benjetson
Posts: 37

Free Photo Gallery/Editor: Download Picasa by Google (http://picasa.google.com/)

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raphoenix
Posts: 14920

Partition Wizard Bootable CD ISO.
Parked here for easy reference.
http://www.partitionwizard.com.....le-cd.html

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raphoenix
Posts: 14920

Official Windows 7 Download Links - Newer posting
http://www.mydigitallife.info/.....tal-river/

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anneevans
Posts: 53

Do you guys recommend antivirus software that you purchase along with one of the free ones or are any of the free ones sufficient on their own? My McAfee runs out in a couple of months so wondering if I should renew but add a free one or choose something other than McAfee
Anne

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GuiltySpark
Posts: 4024

If your subscription runs out then go for something Free McAfee is not what it once was as an AV, there are many Decent Freebies : http://www.microsoft.com/secur.....y/mse.aspx

http://www.avast.com/en-us/index

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

Are but three.

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vistamike
Posts: 10945

anneevans, you should really ask this as a new post. We can't deal with 2 peeps in same topic.

Mike

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hatryst
Posts: 3482

Anne, good question, consider starting a new topic for this question and you'll get more responses

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anneevans
Posts: 53

Sorry about that
Anne

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minigeek
Posts: 353

A free alternative to displayfusion, ultramon and all the other products that provide a taskbar on your second monitor, but at a price:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/dualmonitortb/
https://www.howtogeek.com/94920/dual-monitor-taskbar-is-an-open-source-taskbar-extender-for-windows-7/

Was recommended to me here:
https://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/multi-monitor-taskbar-free?replies=9

MiniGeek

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allisonc
Posts: 3

Panda Cloud Anti-Virus. The free edition is super light. Would also like to second the 7-zip recommendation and mention Daemon Tools Lite for those who want a virtual CD/DVD drive.

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