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Got A Favorite FREE Computer/Windows Utility Program?

Posted on 10/24/2009 5:58:02 PM PDT by JoeProBono

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Where is it?

What's it do?

ZoneAlarm Firewall


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: cheapbastards; computer; freeware; jpb; linux; microsoft; software; utility; utilityprogram; windows
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1 posted on 10/24/2009 5:58:03 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Best defragger ever:

http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/disk-defrag/download


2 posted on 10/24/2009 6:00:17 PM PDT by library user
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To: All
Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus
3 posted on 10/24/2009 6:02:24 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: library user; JoeProBono
Best defragger ever

No, that would be Diskeeper. The real version, not the puny "lite" version that comes bundled with Windows.

4 posted on 10/24/2009 6:02:50 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (http://restoretheconstitution.ning.com/)
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To: JoeProBono

Nod32 is better. Unfortunately, it’s not free.


5 posted on 10/24/2009 6:03:35 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (http://restoretheconstitution.ning.com/)
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To: JoeProBono

Msconfig. Drop a few key items from the startup (after logon) sequence and the time from logon to a working desktop will dramatically decrease.


6 posted on 10/24/2009 6:04:55 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (http://restoretheconstitution.ning.com/)
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To: JoeProBono
If you have XP SP2 or higher, I suggest you get the new Microsoft Security Essentials. link

Its the best freeware to come out since Malwarebytes.

7 posted on 10/24/2009 6:05:08 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: ShadowAce; bamahead

fyi


8 posted on 10/24/2009 6:05:21 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (http://restoretheconstitution.ning.com/)
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To: JoeProBono

Even with how good Win7 is, those idiots at MS still can’t make a better file manager than xplorer2 lite.


9 posted on 10/24/2009 6:05:39 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

I’m going to have to look into that one.


10 posted on 10/24/2009 6:07:43 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (http://restoretheconstitution.ning.com/)
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To: JoeProBono

I’m running a cache cleaner right now.

http://www.piriform.com/


11 posted on 10/24/2009 6:08:21 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Mark Russinovich’s Autoruns.exe from http://live.sysinternals.com/ is much better.


12 posted on 10/24/2009 6:08:36 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: rabscuttle385

I have a couple machines that are still dual boot, WIN/ME and Windows 2000.

On the machines with ME, I have Norton utilities installed.

My question: why does it take over an hour for the latest versions of defrag to run, but Norton utilities can come along and do the same dmn disk in like 15 minutes?
Even the defrag that comes with ME is far and beyond faster than the POS Win 2k/XP version. What junk!


13 posted on 10/24/2009 6:09:21 PM PDT by djf (Grasshopper: The game is rigged. Patience takes forever to learn. You're so screwed!!)
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ClickTray Calendar

ClickTray Calendar is a multi-functional calendar, address, and reminder program that runs in the system tray. It enables you to create notes, enter repetitive tasks, maintain To Do lists, and to set personal (recurring) alarms. The interface offers fiscal week or month display, yearly overview, moon phases display and more. Additional features include date calculation, calendar printing, address book and more. ClickTray Calendar offers a good set of features, but comes with a rather primitive interface, and you`ll have to add holidays manually.

14 posted on 10/24/2009 6:11:26 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: rabscuttle385

Advanced system care
http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html

Mydefrag
http://mydefrag.com/

Avast anitvirus
http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html


15 posted on 10/24/2009 6:12:15 PM PDT by Mmogamer (<This space for lease>)
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To: JoeProBono
Got him free. He's great at cleaning those nasty dust bunnies.


16 posted on 10/24/2009 6:12:34 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: JoeProBono

Mac OS X. :)

Okay, for real. Some borderline requisite software to use Windows: ESET Smart Security (best antivirus/antimalware/firewall software package on the market, IMO); Diskeeper (best defragmenter available, shame that Windows still fragments the disk in the first place); Firefox plus Adblock plus Noscript for better browsing; and of course, up to date hardware drivers. No, the drivers Windows Update tries to shove down your throat do not count as up to date.


17 posted on 10/24/2009 6:14:42 PM PDT by Terpfen (FR is being Alinskied. Remember, you only take flak when you're over the target.)
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To: Mmogamer

Considering that we already have multi-user licenses for Diskeeper and Nod32, I’ll pass.

And I know how to keep my registry clean from the get go: no installing of questionable software ;)


18 posted on 10/24/2009 6:15:36 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (http://restoretheconstitution.ning.com/)
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To: JoeProBono

http://www.ghostery.com/

Add-on for Firefox.

Ghostery alerts you about the web bugs, ad networks and widgets on every page on the web.

Web bugs are hidden scripts that track your behavior and are used by the sites you visit to understand their own audience.

Best thing ever.


19 posted on 10/24/2009 6:17:52 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats: the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy and Sedition)
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To: JoeProBono
Free Windows Registry Repair http://www.snapfiles.com/reviews/free-window-registry-repair/winregrepair.html

Deep cleans the registry. Set it up and it does all the work. I love it! Use it once a week.

Sweepi http://www.snapfiles.com/reviews/Sweepi/sweepi.html

Clean up tool. Deep cleans better then any other cleaner I've used. I love it! Use it once a week also.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware http://www.snapfiles.com/reviews/malwarebytes-anti-malware/malwarebytes.html

Cleans and Protects your computer from malware!

20 posted on 10/24/2009 6:17:57 PM PDT by GloriaJane (http://www.last.fm/user/GloriaJane)
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To: JoeProBono

http://www.ghostery.com/

Add-on for Firefox.

Ghostery alerts you about the web bugs, ad networks and widgets on every page on the web.

Web bugs are hidden scripts that track your behavior and are used by the sites you visit to understand their own audience.

Best thing ever.


21 posted on 10/24/2009 6:18:21 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats: the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy and Sedition)
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To: djf
Even the defrag that comes with ME is far and beyond faster than the POS Win 2k/XP version.

That's why you get the real Diskeeper. ;)

22 posted on 10/24/2009 6:18:28 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (http://restoretheconstitution.ning.com/)
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To: JoeProBono

A couple of free ones:
etriloquist..free...is a text to talk program with a ton of features. I lost my voice box to cancer (agent orange) and etriloquest was a life saver for a bunch of months till I learned an alternate voice method.
And on I just put in today...MONITORS WEATHER AND POSTS IT ON TWITTER. Go to grantsvillewx on twitter to see it working. It is called Cirrus and it is free (my kinda price).

....Bob


23 posted on 10/24/2009 6:18:33 PM PDT by Lokibob (When handed lemons...Refuse to sign for them. Life's lemons can't be delivered without a signature.)
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To: JoeProBono

ping


24 posted on 10/24/2009 6:20:36 PM PDT by FoxPro (I love bacon.)
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To: library user

(I wonder how many people will opine on THIS one?-haha)

best defrag...O&O (http://www.oo-software.com/home/en/products/oodefrag/), NOT free. NOT cheap.

I will try out auslogics, though.

BTW, I tested Defraggler (http://www.piriform.com/defraggler/download) on 5 different systems w/different setups and 4 different OS’s. In each case, it reported MORE fragmentation after defragging, than when it began.

A really neat set of utilities that is FREE is from KarenWare (http:/www.karenware.com) her “Power Tools” have been in my toolbox for many years, and they are great.

If you’re into graphics, especially as a n00b, I use GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/) and PaintNet (http://www.getpaint.net/) for most everything.

Then, there is always the very useful OSSwin Project (http://osswin/sourceforge.net), and they have (maybe) thousands of free Windows software for the download.


25 posted on 10/24/2009 6:20:55 PM PDT by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: rabscuttle385

Yes, but knowing which items to drop..that is the question. drop the wrong items and you might find your net connection tanks, or xp won’t boot.


26 posted on 10/24/2009 6:23:46 PM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: papasmurf

Paint.NET is awesome!


27 posted on 10/24/2009 6:24:10 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (http://restoretheconstitution.ning.com/)
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To: Daffynition

Would be interesting if you could hook up a 1000 of those running on a treadmill and try to power the pc with it. Unfortunately I dont know enough about kinetic energy to test such an experiment :)


28 posted on 10/24/2009 6:25:02 PM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: JoeProBono

Anyone know of a good word processor for Mac? I don’t need all the business stuff, just the letter writing stuff. I have Mac 10.5.8, Safari.


29 posted on 10/24/2009 6:26:39 PM PDT by kitkat
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To: JoeProBono

Why, yes! My favorite Windoze programs are those that run in virtual machines, so that we can see how trashy the anti-American, pro-communist software is without letting viruses in.

Program Upgrade - the politics of Bill Gates
The changing politics of Bill Gates.
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1282/is_2_51/ai_53662235/

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave $8.8 million to the Planned Parenthood Federation.
http://www.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/women/12/11/health.women.gates.reut/

Bill Gates against repealing the inheritance tax
http://www.pbs.org/now/transcript/transcript_inheritance.html

The Left-Wing Billionaire Collectivist Pigs
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/9/25/191020.shtml

Billionaire Collectivist Pigs on a Roll
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/10/11/171315.shtml

“Is Bill Gates a closet liberal?”
http://archive.salon.com/21st/feature/1998/01/cov_29feature.html
(Bill Gates for gun control, pro-abortion, etc.)

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/law/july-dec97/guns_11-4.html
(bottom of page - more money for gun control from Gates and his father)

“Software, soft money, and Libertarians”
http://www.seattleweekly.com/features/0039/news-anderson.shtml
[Bill gives money to both sides—whoever supports Microsoft and extreme social left policies. ...includes Barney Frank.]

Client testimonials, Bill Gates in China, Bill Clinton in China
http://www.beijinghighlights.com/testimonials/testimonials.htm


30 posted on 10/24/2009 6:27:30 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote)
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To: kitkat

Try *pinging* FReeper Swordmaker, the keeper of the Mac ping list.


31 posted on 10/24/2009 6:27:36 PM PDT by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: JoeProBono

Yeah, UNIX! It can wipe your windows partition clean in seconds and give you REAL operating system!!


32 posted on 10/24/2009 6:28:30 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: Daffynition

They all come with mouses. Didn’t you know that?


33 posted on 10/24/2009 6:29:10 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: Psycho_Bunny

“Mark Russinovich’s Autoruns.exe from http://live.sysinternals.com/ is much better.”

Heck, anything sysinternals is great, and worlds above MS...uh, oh yeah, MS bought them, didn’t they. They don’t seem to have screwed them up yet, though.


34 posted on 10/24/2009 6:29:35 PM PDT by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: Soothesayer9
What's to know .......the answer is in the cheese! ;D


35 posted on 10/24/2009 6:29:51 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: papasmurf

Having a fraggin’ file system that needs de-fraggin’ all the time is fraggin’ lame, dude. Is that your favorite windows application, the de-fragger? Watching those red blocks get turned into green and yellow blocks? Fraggin’ hopeless.


36 posted on 10/24/2009 6:31:53 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: dr_who
O RLY?


37 posted on 10/24/2009 6:32:28 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: JoeProBono

http://www.irfanview.com/


38 posted on 10/24/2009 6:32:57 PM PDT by SeeRushToldU_So ( Go Braves! Braves are gone.)
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To: Ouderkirk

Ditto.


39 posted on 10/24/2009 6:33:17 PM PDT by maggief
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To: JoeProBono

http://onecare.live.com/site/en-au/default.htm?mkt=en-au

Follow prompts, its nice. I also like the new MS av. Its all free and works well. Its about time I liked a MS product again.


40 posted on 10/24/2009 6:33:34 PM PDT by enduserindy (Conservative Dead Head)
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To: cripplecreek

I haven’t tried anything that does more than CCleaner does. I use it frequently. But, their defraggler isn’t so good.


41 posted on 10/24/2009 6:34:44 PM PDT by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: dr_who

www.linuxiso.org


42 posted on 10/24/2009 6:35:19 PM PDT by enduserindy (Conservative Dead Head)
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To: enduserindy

OMG, OpenSolaris is beating the crap outta linux and *bsd for downloads. OpenSolaris, that’s like the Windows of the UNIX world. Ugh...


43 posted on 10/24/2009 6:39:16 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: JoeProBono
Virtual PC 2007 from Microsoft.

It allows you to install older versions of Windows inside virtual machines on your current OS. Although not advertised for Vista 32, version 2007 will let you install it.

I have a virtual machine for Windows 98 and Windows XP on my Vista machine.

-PJ

44 posted on 10/24/2009 6:41:39 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Comprehensive congressional reform legislation only yields incomprehensible bills that nobody reads.)
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To: dr_who

Dear Dr.,

Please, help me. I have watched all of my grass grow. I have stared endlessly at my freshly painted walls, until the paint was dry. I even stood at my window for days on end, till the cows came home.

Now, I’m hooked on watching little red blocks move about on my Windows 3.1, AMD 486SLC25 personal computer with a 13” CRT computer screen. I can’t help myself, Doc, please, make those blocks turn Green or, blue, or even yellow...quickly...before I miss watching my toenails start to grow!


45 posted on 10/24/2009 6:41:42 PM PDT by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: JoeProBono
Malwarebytes anti-malware. Free, fully functional, and awesome.
46 posted on 10/24/2009 6:42:23 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: JoeProBono

ImgBurn. Love it so much I bought it. Any of Russinovich’s stuff is awesome. Bought that too. Well, when you could :)

I don’t bother with anti-malware crap. All my porn surfing is done in a virtual machine so little chance of getting infected.

;-)


47 posted on 10/24/2009 6:43:18 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici
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To: enduserindy

http://onecare.live.com/site/en-au/default.htm?mkt=en-au";

Please don’t take this personally, but anyone that’s gets so far under the covers in bed with Microsoft as to install LIVE!, well, I hope you have maternity insurance. LOL

I wouldn’t even let my Brother into my house until he re-formatted his hard drive to rid himself of that nasty wormware. And now he must raise his hand and swear that he is not infected by it, every time he comes over. hahaha


48 posted on 10/24/2009 6:45:27 PM PDT by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: papasmurf

I have the cure for you. Why don’t you pass the time by playing a little Solitaire?


49 posted on 10/24/2009 6:46:36 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: papasmurf
Relax and hook this up to your TV.


50 posted on 10/24/2009 6:46:45 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (I don't have time to Procrastinate)
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