Page 1 of Useful Free Software Links (as recommended by forum users)
Stickied in PCs & Mobiles Forum
Thought it might be handy to have a sticky with a list of software for various things, save people having to dig around old threads.
Just add suggestions to this one and I`ll edit them into the first post every now and again.
Minimal interface, low system impact, good protection.
Excellent interface, easy to use, sandboxing feature, good protection
Easy to use, good protection, but needs a bit of fiddling to disable nag screen
Possibly the most well known and used malware scanning and removal tool
Open source anti-virus engine, also runs on Linux, but unlikely to have as good a database as commercial products
Infection Rescue CDs
Kaspersky Rescue Disc 10
Avira Rescue CD
BitDefender Rescue CD
Norton Bootable Recovery Tool
Comodo Rescue Disc
Windows Defender Offline
One of the fastest, and the one with the most addons
One of the fastest
The one with the most make text pretty options
The one you think you heard about someone using once
A web developer that needs to check how things look in IE, but don`t want to install lots of versions of IE?
From the makers of Firefox, read emails and newsgroups, supports POP3/IMAP
Media Player Classic
Should play back almost anything!
For those that don`t seem to like MPC, also does streaming of video across networks
If something doesn`t play back because you are missing a codec, or you want to enhance the playback of video or audio, this is what you need. NOT a player, requires something like Media Player Classic as well.
For encoding/re-encoding as things like DivX, Xvid, MKV, etc
For ripping DVDs to MPEG4 or H.264 (MKVs)
Want to download a YouTube video? Or other streaming video or audio from the internet? Use this
Supports all major audio formats, also video and includes music library and iPod support
Automatic ID3 tag renaming based on extensive online database
Comprehensive ID3 tag editor
MP3 to iPhone/iPod Audio Book Converter
Also combines multiple files into one MP3
Most popular bittorrent client
Actually now the same as uTorrent (they bought it!), useful if you want to run two identical clients but tell them apart
Hard Disk Utilities
Find out what is taking up all the space on your disk drive
Find out what is taking up all your space on your disk drive with a different interface
The best and one of the not very prettiest disk defrag utilities
Ever been unable to delete a file in Explorer because Windows says it`s in use? You can guess what this does then
Wipe that hard disk before you throw it or give it away, nuke that folder with the naughty pictures in it
Partition editor, resizer, copier, just boot to the LIveCD!
Copy one hard drive to another, or many across a network, a free equivalent to Norton Ghost
Parted Magic OS
A Live CD with various free partition and HDD management utilities (including GParted)
Free version does most of what most of us would want to do when it comes to backing up and cloning disks.
EaseUs Partition Manager
Free version allows for most basic partition resizing, moving, copying, but doesn`t work with Windows Server editions
Free version will help you to undelete files from HDDs and memory cards
For zipping/unzipping/raring, etc
For when the built in Windows backup isn`t enough, like for instance you want to backup to a network drive
Remember when we all used Nero before it became bloatware? This is like that!
Create and burn ISO images to CD/DVD
Backup utility that supports full, incremental and compressed backups to local or remote storage locations, complete with encryption, that works with network drives, FTP, SSH, SkyDrive, Google Drive, Amazon S3 and more
Simple folder cloning utility for backing up from one directory to another, whether that be local or networked
EaseUS Backup Free
Free backup application supporting file and disk backup, and disaster recovery
Windows Installation, Cleaning, Fixing and Optimising
Install or update loads of free utilities and applications (including many on this thread) automatically
Automatically removes a host of rubbish apps installed on PCs and Notebooks so you don`t have to
Cleans up temporary files and the windows registry
Updates or uninstalls Java, removes legacy Java files
Remote control your PC, from another PC, or your mobile, or well anything
Much like UltraVNC, also supports a Java viewer so you can remote control from a browser
Remote access via the browser, free for non commercial use
Remote access via the browser, free for non commercial use
Supports MSN, ICQ, Yahoo and a lot more
Images and Photography
Can`t afford Lightroom? Then try this!
GPS logging software, for getting that data off your logger and into one of many formats useful for geo-tagging photographs
An all singing all dancing image viewer, with basic editing functions, useful if you want to crop or browse large folders filled with images
A sort of free equivalent to Photoshop
Audio Editing and Creation
Edit sound, supports most audio formats
Run an old version of Windows, or DOS, or Linux, or Unix, inside a window. Also supports USB
Run old DOS games under Windows (or Mac, or Linux)
Spectrum emulator, probably the best, just add games from World of Spectrum
Commodore 64 emulator (also emulates Vic 20 and C-128)
Emulates loads and loads of arcade machines, requires ROMs to do anything useful
For making sure all your emulation roms are up to date
Began where OpenOffice left off
IBM`s fork of OpenOffice, with more user friendly style toolbars
Create USB boot sticks of many popular Linux distributions, including Mint, Ubunto, CentOS
See what the stars are doing tonight
My Flickr Photostream
This item was edited on Tuesday, 21st May 2019, 18:58
good idea, there`s some top stuff there, another forum I go to has a similar thread and it`s been v useful, hopefuly this will be as well as ppl find new cool stuff :)
the only obvious one I can think of off top of my head you`ve missed is Libre Office
this thread has some more security apps
another good free ant vius is clam, I mention that as it`s free but can run on windows servers as well as desktops
you can also get it for Linux :)
comodo do free firewall and anti virus as well, didn`t know about their backup so may look at that
This item was edited on Thursday, 5th January 2012, 18:47
Can I suggest that you include http://ninite.com/ in your listing as a superb one stop shop for free software to install in one go on a new PC or laptop. I use it every time.
that looks useful
also for partition resizing
Free imaging (as in ghosting)
following 2 are free for non comercial use
This item was edited on Thursday, 5th January 2012, 19:27
A very useful tool to clean up temp files and unwanted stuff on your Windows PC, also an easy way to control the startup items that often cause a slowdown.
Also, I`d recommend looking for those free apps on "PortableApps.com" - since you can then run them from a USB drive (or from the hard drive) without having to fully install them.
This item was edited on Thursday, 5th January 2012, 20:23
Parted Magic. Excellent live CD/USB partition editing tool that also incorporates a lot of disk health and back up utilities such as GParted (above), TrueCrypt, and the marvellous Clonezilla.
looking good, another one for you budding photogrophers/ppl who liek to fiddle with images but want a free alternative to Photoshop.
GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program
I used to be with it, but then they changed what `it` was.
Now, what I`m with isn`t it, and what`s `it` seems weird and scary
audacity is a good one, great for converting between formats, splitting, joining etc, and as you say, not too difficult to use if you want to do basics, but plenty of features for those that want to be adventurous.
I was introduced to evernote today. http://www.evernote.com/
I started a new job, and I was making notes as I was explained how to do things, fix problems etc, and the guy supervising me showed me evernote. It`s a useful program which lets you enter data, as you would say an email, but it catalogues it all into a database. What he says he finds most useful is that you can sync the windows/mac app with your phone/tablet etc. the website mentions some cool stuff like taking photos with your phone of say a whiteboard, and it will do character recognition to convert the image to text so you can search it!
Not strictly an app, but a very useful alternative to Gimp:
Online photo editor that has many of Photoshop`s features, including layers and a decent number of filters. Very useful if you`re on a corporate PC and can`t install software etc.