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scissorhands7
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10/2/2008 8:50:29 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
http://www.pctools.com...
--Reg Cleaner And Compressor

http://www.download.com...
--Temporary File Cleaner --Decent Reg Cleaner as well -- nice quick uninstall tool

http://www.download.com...
Antivirus - silent but safe and free!

http://www.download.com...

Stinger - a good tool if you cant install your antivirus software (AVG) It will remove the blaster viruses (pretty rough stuff)

http://www.download.com...
Quick defragmenter - better than default windows

http://www.download.com...
For advanced tweakers, its great for speeding up your machine if you know how to use it correctly. It has some good features you should definetly look at

http://www.download.com...

A good all in one, will do registry and junk cleaning and also is a spyware scanner and prevention will also show your startup entries in one scan. Not a bad utility, not my favorite (i use it more for the spyware scan and just as a one time thing)

http://www.download.com...

A great adware/spyware remover - very thorough

http://www.download.com...

TCP optimizer (for your internet connection) I'd only recommend this for advanced users who know what they are doing.

http://www.download.com...

A must have if you are using Internet explorer - Ad Blocker, And provides tons of neat little internet tools that you can use

http://www.download.com...

The last tool - have you ever found a trojan on your computer that just wouldnt be removed?

This silent little application will remove trojans that say "cant remove file is in use"
So if you know where they are now you can remove them

These are my freeware utilities, all are nice free little programs. Tell me what you think and tell me what ones you use and why you think yours are superior
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beem0r
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10/2/2008 9:44:38 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
At 10/2/2008 8:50:29 PM, scissorhands7 wrote:
--Reg Cleaner And Compressor
The size of my registry really doesn't matter to me. If I was running low on disk space I might do something like this.

--Temporary File Cleaner --Decent Reg Cleaner as well -- nice quick uninstall tool
Same as above, I'd use it if I had to free some disk space, but otherwise I don't think it's worth it.

Antivirus - silent but safe and free!
I don't use anti-virus programs. Back when I did, though, I was a supporter or Avast! instead of AVG, mostly because of the pirate speak.

Stinger - a good tool if you cant install your antivirus software (AVG) It will remove the blaster viruses (pretty rough stuff)
Same as above, since I don't really get viruses.

Quick defragmenter - better than default windows
The windows one is adequate for me. Meaning it is already installed and it does its job, so I don't have a good enough reason to go look for some better version to bloat my system with.

Tune-Up Utilities
I don't have it right now, but I used to use it.

Advanced Windows Care, Ad-Aware,
When I get spyware [which is only when it comes bundled with programs I can't get without spyware], it's almost always the kind that will just uninstall later on via the control panel. If I did get some malicious spyware, I'd probably see if the malicious software removal tool that comes with windows would get rid of it. If not, I'd probably get Ad-Aware, use it, and uninstall it.

TCP optimizer
I may check this out, see if I can get any gains from it. My internet is quite slow, it maxes out at ~120KBps for downloading as it is now.

IE7 Thingy
Ew. I don't use Internet Explorer. For Windows I'm a fan of Chrome/Chromium and Opera.

Unlocker
This silent little application will remove trojans that say "cant remove file is in use"
So if you know where they are now you can remove them
Never bothered looking for such an app. I just do the old boot into safe mode with command prompt and delete it from there.

I really only use productivity programs in the realm of freeware [such as GIMP or Chromium].
scissorhands7
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10/2/2008 10:08:23 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
At 10/2/2008 9:44:38 PM, beem0r wrote:
At 10/2/2008 8:50:29 PM, scissorhands7 wrote:
--Reg Cleaner And Compressor
The size of my registry really doesn't matter to me. If I was running low on disk space I might do something like this.

I agree about the size, however the compressor definetly has speed benefits, its worth an install - run - uninstall

Antivirus - silent but safe and free!
I don't use anti-virus programs. Back when I did, though, I was a supporter or Avast! instead of AVG, mostly because of the pirate speak.

I agree in my opinion avast is another great antivirus tool when your looking for free antivirus.

Stinger - a good tool if you cant install your antivirus software (AVG) It will remove the blaster viruses (pretty rough stuff)

Its a pretty lite standalone app, I'd keep it on my system just on the offchance that you did. The average user has plenty of freespace, so downloading these wont bloat your system too much, especially if you just keep the .msi files

If your just thinking of trying three or four from this list, my top recommendations would be the reg cleaner/compressor, TCP optimizer, stinger, and defragmenter

Quick defragmenter - better than default windows
Ahh I dunno, you'd be suprised on this one. I always thought using extra defragmenters seemed like a bogus concept but this one is definetly fast. If you dont care that your defragmenter is fast then use the windows one, however for my repair business its all about doing a good job and doing it fast.

Advanced Windows Care, Ad-Aware,
When I get spyware [which is only when it comes bundled with programs I can't get without spyware], it's almost always the kind that will just uninstall later on via the control panel. If I did get some malicious spyware, I'd probably see if the malicious software removal tool that comes with windows would get rid of it. If not, I'd probably get Ad-Aware, use it, and uninstall it.

I agree, I rarely use this tool except if I suspect there is significant spyware on the comp I'm working with. Its worth a one time scan just to see if it picks anything up. Most of these applications are pretty lite.

TCP optimizer
I may check this out, see if I can get any gains from it. My internet is quite slow, it maxes out at ~120KBps for downloading as it is now.

If your gonna check this one out, after you run it, I recommend going to www.dslreports.com and going to their tools section and then running the tweak test and obeying their recommendations on it. By the way, its a standalone, so no install necessary. You can change your RWIN values by moving the slider, just put one that is the highest, but still in range of their recommendations.

This is a pretty complex tool that you might have to do some research on first.

However its really not that hard when you figure it out. You slide the slider on the connection speed that you are actually paying for and click optimal settings.

To find out your MTU there is a MTU checker that works the same as if you'd try to find out your MTU by command prompt, It finds it pretty quickly.

IE7 Thingy
Ew. I don't use Internet Explorer. For Windows I'm a fan of Chrome/Chromium and Opera.

Haha well if you were it'd make IE7 a little more attractive

Unlocker
This silent little application will remove trojans that say "cant remove file is in use"
So if you know where they are now you can remove them
Never bothered looking for such an app. I just do the old boot into safe mode with command prompt and delete it from there.

That works just as good too, again its just about saving some time, not that your method takes much time though.

I really only use productivity programs in the realm of freeware [such as GIMP or Chromium].

Also another way to get better performance on your xp is to disable un-needed services by going to start-run and typing services.msc

to find which ones to eliminate safetly check http://www.blackviper.com...
It has a pretty decent list, it also has a vista list as well.
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scissorhands7
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10/3/2008 5:58:19 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
haha what have you got to hide mate?

P (joking)
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10/6/2008 6:36:25 AM
Posted: 8 years ago
That is pretty fast.

Me like.
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s0m31john
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10/7/2008 4:55:36 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
http://infrarecorder.sourceforge.net...
InfraRecorder
There's no need to have something like Nero and all its bloat if you just burn the occasional music CD and Data Disk. InfraRecorder is lightweight and does everything the majority would need.

http://www.pidgin.im...
Pidgin
Great open source Instant Messenger client. It's lightweight, and it let's you use multiple accounts on multiple services, all on one buddy list. Say no to the bloat of individual proprietary clients.

http://www.cccp-project.net...
CCCP
I love VLC Player to death, but it sucks f.or watching anime, and it has plenty of other bugs. CCCP is a codec pack that comes with everything you'll need to play every format, and it comes with Media Player Classic, Very lightweight, and more customizable than VLC, with more advanced features.
scissorhands7
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10/7/2008 7:23:22 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
Can't afford Office 2007 or 2003 and are afraid of stealing it?

Try:
http://www.openoffice.org...

For some reason have to browse through a huge group of word documents that you aren't sure which is which:

Try this:
http://www.microsoft.com...

Also for a decent photo editor
http://www.download.com...
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scissorhands7
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10/10/2008 9:02:19 AM
Posted: 8 years ago
I just found an incredible freeware tool, I can't believe I haven't found it yet.

Autokey - a freeware tool that lets you use keyboard key combos to do pretty much anything.

You can create scripts which run on startup which are actually pretty light in my opinion. They dont "speed up your computer" but rather speed up your usage of it.

For example. I check stocks all the time because I trade. I usually go to msn money to get the numbers.

With Auto Key I just press Alt S (S for stocks) and an internet explorer is started and directly goes to the page.

I also have Alt G for google
Alt Y for youtube
Alt D for debate.org
Alt M for myspace
Alt F for facebook

And well you get my point. This also works with other applications as well. Say you frequently use a certain program. Now instead of going through folders, you can use a keyboard shortcut.

Try it out for yourself. Its not too user friendly however if you know what you are doing its great. It also comes with a tutorial for less advanced users.

http://www.autohotkey.com...

A great tool that I recommend to anyone who uses a computer daily and has a routine.
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beem0r
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10/10/2008 7:15:24 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
At 10/7/2008 4:55:36 PM, s0m31john wrote:
http://infrarecorder.sourceforge.net...
InfraRecorder
There's no need to have something like Nero and all its bloat if you just burn the occasional music CD and Data Disk. InfraRecorder is lightweight and does everything the majority would need.
I might try that out next time I need to burn something. I always end up using some retarded free/shareware program that comes with spyware, so I have to uninstall it when I'm done with it.

http://www.pidgin.im...
Pidgin
Aye, I use Pidgin on both Win and Lin. Good choice.

http://www.cccp-project.net...
CCCP
I love VLC Player to death, but it sucks f.or watching anime, and it has plenty of other bugs. CCCP is a codec pack that comes with everything you'll need to play every format, and it comes with Media Player Classic, Very lightweight, and more customizable than VLC, with more advanced features.
I use the K-Lite codec pack, which also comes with Media Player Classic, which I like better than VLC as well.
beem0r
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10/10/2008 7:21:17 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
Also, no one brought up GIMP yet? It's like Photoshop, but you don't have to steal it. Takes a little while to get used to if you're used to PS's layout.

Also, while not freeware [since there is a full version that costs monies], I usually use Winamp for music. The free version doesn't even nag you to buy the full version though [like WinRAR], and it's got plenty of features.

Also, Skype and Gizmo5 are both pretty good for PC-based VOIP phone service.
scissorhands7
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10/10/2008 8:03:06 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
At 10/10/2008 7:34:59 PM, beem0r wrote:
OpenOffice is MS Office's retarded cousin. But it's free, so that's acceptable.
Even though I hate OpenOffice.

I completely agree with the openoffice comment. I only listed it because its the best thing thats free (at least that I've found so far)
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10/10/2008 8:08:28 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
At 10/10/2008 7:31:53 PM, s0m31john wrote:
Gimp is like Photoshop's retarded cousin.

Irfanview is pretty lite and in my opinion an excellent app.
http://www.irfanview.net...
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10/10/2008 8:10:34 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
Speaking of Skype, everyone on here needs to get an account and a mic. Join me and Duconihilum in our internet escapades.

My Skype Name: s0m31john
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10/10/2008 8:40:25 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
There's only one sort of internet escapade I use messenger programs for these days- and sorry John but you're a guy. :P
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10/11/2008 9:50:31 AM
Posted: 8 years ago
At 10/10/2008 8:40:25 PM, Ragnar_Rahl wrote:
There's only one sort of internet escapade I use messenger programs for these days- and sorry John but you're a guy. :P

Thats lovely
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10/12/2008 11:26:42 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
At 10/11/2008 6:36:59 PM, LR4N6FTW4EVA wrote:
Gimp is amazing. Photoshop is a pain in the @$$.

Depends on which one you're used to, methinks.
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10/13/2008 4:40:33 AM
Posted: 8 years ago
Infraview > Gimp
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10/13/2008 6:12:29 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
http://www.heidi.ie...

Eraser

Got.t data that would get you raped in prison? No problem. Use Eraser to erase it with a random pattern up to 35 times!

Best used in conjunction with Truecryp
scissorhands7
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10/14/2008 12:10:46 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
I like both Eraser and Truecrypt, good programs.

HiJack This is another great program.

Also Check out PCI File recovery to restore info on bad hard drives.
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10/14/2008 12:15:40 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
Thats PC Inspector File Recovery not PCI
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10/20/2008 12:08:18 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
I'm not a fan of Ad Blockers. If a site is supported by Ads, i'll either view the ads like I was intended to or I won't use the site. I won't subvert the system by blocking the Ads. Sure, it might save me a small amount of trouble, but at the cost of eliminating any possible income a site would make off of me? How is a site to function if its means of making money is taken away?
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10/20/2008 12:50:40 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
Because there are plenty of beem0rs out their who consider themselves too moral to do anything like subvert the system.
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12/8/2008 8:13:18 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
Hey guys, you all seem to be the tech geeks here so I want to ask you guys some stuff. :P

For Truecrypt, is it possible to run it on both XP and Vista? And do you need to install trucrypt on on the host computer for it to work? For instance, if I encrypt my flashdrive and I go to a friends house who doesn't use truecrypt. Will it still work?
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